The Seventh and Tenth Commandments
- "Thou shalt not steal."
- "A thief is better than a man that is always
lying: but both of them shall inherit destruction."
- "He that stealeth any thing from his father, or from his
mother: and saith, 'This is no sin', is the partner of a murderer."
- "Nor thieves, nor covetous... nor extortioners, shall
possess the kingdom of God."
- "He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather
let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to
give to him that suffereth need."
- "Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such
like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do
such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God."
- What is the Seventh Commandment?
Thou shalt not steal.
- What does the Seventh Commandment oblige you to do?
To respect the property of others.
- What is meant by stealing?
Taking anything which does not belong to you and which the owner is not willing to give you.
- What sins does stealing include?
- Robbery and burglary.
- Graft, bribes and embezzlement.
- Cheating and fraud.
- Not paying bills, taxes and debts.
- Not supporting your family.
- Damaging the property of others.
- Wasting time or materials on your job.
- Not giving employees a just wage.
- What kind of sin is it to steal?
Stealing something expensive is a mortal sin;
something cheap is a venial sin.
- Are you ever allowed to keep stolen goods?
No, you have to give the good to the person
whom they were stolen, whether you stole them yourself or got them from somebody else.
- No matter how small the theft- silverware, ash trays,
towels - you must give it back.
- What must you do if you cannot find the owner?
Give the stolen goods to charity, or give a
comparable amount of money.
- What must you do if you damage someone's property?
You must pay for the damage, or else be
guilty of sin.
- The sin is mortal or venial depending ont he value of
the object damaged or destroyed.
- What should you do with something you find?
Try to find the owner.
- If the article is expensive, then you must spend some
money advertising for him. He has to pay you the money you spent in trying to find
- Is gambling a sin?
It is no sin to gamble if --
- it is your money
- you do not thereby deprive your family of the things they need
- everyone has an equal chance to win.
- What are the duties of employees?
- Not to waste time or materials.
- To do the job assigned as well as possible.
- What are the duties of employers?
- To pay their employees a just wage.
- To provide for the safety of all employees.
- What is the Tenth Commandment?
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
- How do you sin against the Tenth Commandment?
By desiring to steal someone else's property
and by envy or jealousy, that is, resentment over someone else's good fortune or wishing
he did not have it.
- You can be jealous and envious of someone's beauty,
intelligence, holiness, etc., as well as of his or her material goods. Jealousy is
also called discontent.
- What kind of sins are jealousy and envy?
Usually venial sins, unless they involve a
serious matter; then they are mortal.
- Remember that temptation is not a sin, unless you
accept the envious feelings. If you reject them, you do a good act and receive
more Sanctifying Grace from God in return.