Pope Francis to visit Baltic States in September
Pope Francis words are those that the greatest poverty is "the lack of Christ," and the "only one real kind of poverty" is "not living as children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ"
Wise decision always is charity though for Baltic states the charity of United Kingdom is this: British Heart Foundation https://www.bhf.org.uk/
Do not leave profit for criminals be wise and you will be heard...
Ten God laws:
1. I am the Lord thy God and thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them."
The first commandment according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
The second commandment prohibits the use of God's name in vain.Many ancient cultures believed that names were sacred; some had prohibitions on when a person's name could be spoken.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name". According to, Pope Benedict XVI when God revealed his name to Moses he established a relationship with mankind; Benedict states that the Incarnation was the culmination of a process that "had begun with the giving of the divine name." Benedict elaborates that this means the divine name could be misused and that Jesus' inclusion of "hallowed be thy name" is a plea for the sanctification of God's name, to "protect the wonderful mystery of his accessibility to us, and constantly assert his true identity as opposed to our distortion of it".
According to Catholic teaching, this commandment does not preclude the use of God's name in taking solemn oaths administered by legitimate authority. However, lying under oath invoking God's name for magical purposes, or voicing words of hatred or defiance against God are considered sins of blasphemy.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Lords day to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.
Because the faithful are obliged to attend Mass unless there is a grave impediment, pastors have the corresponding duty to offer everyone the real possibility of fulfilling the precept. ... Yet more than a precept, the observance should be seen as a need rising from the depths of Christian life. It is crucially important that all the faithful should be convinced that they cannot live their faith or share fully in the life of the Christian community unless they take part regularly in the Sunday Eucharistic assembly.
4. Honor thy Father and Mother.
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you." The fourth commandment according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Catechism says this commandment requires duties of children to parents that include:
- Respect toward parents that also flows to brothers and sisters.
- Remember that through your parents you were born; what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you?"
- Obedience to parents for as long as the child lives at home "when it is for his good or the good of the family", except when obedience would require the child to do something morally wrong.
- Support that requires grown children to offer material and moral support for their aging parents, particularly at times of "illness, loneliness, or distress".
- "Moral education, spiritual formation and evangelization" of their children.
- Respect for their children as children of God and human persons.
- Proper discipline for children while being careful not to provoke them.
- "Avoiding pressure to choose a certain profession or spouse", which does not preclude parents from giving "judicious advice".
- "Being a good example" to their children.
- "Acknowledging their own failings" to their children to guide and correct them.
You shall not kill.The fifth commandment forbids suicide and the mercy killing of those who are dying, even to eliminate suffering. The ordinary care of those facing an imminent death may not morally be withheld, according to the Church. "Ordinary care" refers to food, water and pain relief, and does not include "extraordinary care", which refers to the use of respirators or feeding tubes that are considered discretionary. Allowing a terminally ill person to die, using painkillers that may shorten their life, or refusing extraordinary treatment to the terminally ill such as chemotherapy or radiation, are considered morally acceptable and not a violation of the fifth commandment, in accordance with the principle of double effect.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
The Catechism lists the following "offenses against chastity", in increasing order of gravity according to Kreeft:
- Lust: the Church teaches that sexual pleasure is good and created by God, who meant for spouses to "experience pleasure and enjoyment of body and spirit". Kreeft says, "Lust does not mean sexual pleasure as such, nor the delight in it, nor the desire for it in its right context." Lust is the desire for sexual pleasure alone, outside its intended purpose of procreation and the uniting of man and woman, body and soul, in mutual self-donation.
- Masturbation is considered sinful for the same reasons as lust, but is a step above lust in that it involves a physical act instead of a mental one.
- Fornication is the sexual union of an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. This is considered contrary to "the dignity of persons and of human sexuality" because it is not ordered to the "good of spouses" or the "generation and education of children."
- Pornography ranks higher because it is considered a perversion of the sexual act that is intended for distribution to third parties for viewing.
- Prostitution is considered sinful for both the prostitute and the customer; it reduces a person to an instrument of sexual pleasure, violating human dignity and harming society. The gravity of the sinfulness is less for prostitutes who are forced into the act by destitution, blackmail or social pressure.
- Rape is an intrinsically evil act that can cause grave damage to the victim for life.
- Incest, or "rape of children by parents or other adult relatives" or "those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them" is considered the most heinous of sexual sins.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Do not lie.
False witness and perjury: statements made publicly in court which obstruct justice by condemning the innocent or exonerating the guilty, or which may increase the punishment of the accused.
- Rash judgement: believing, without sufficient evidence, that a person has done moral faults.
- Detraction: the disclosure of another's faults without a valid reason.
- Calumny: lying to harm a person's reputation and providing opportunity to others to make false judgements concerning them.
- Flattery: "speech to deceive others for our benefit."
- Bragging, boasting, or mocking: speech which either only honors oneself or dishonors others.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or anything that is your neighbor's.
The Church identifies gifts of God that help a person maintain purity:
- Chastity, which enables people to love others with upright and undivided hearts.
- Purity of intention, which seeks to fulfill God's will in everything, knowing that it alone will lead to the true end of man.
- Purity of vision, "external and internal", disciplining the thoughts and imagination to reject those that are impure.
- Prayer that recognizes the power of God to grant a person the ability to overcome sexual desires.
- Modesty, of the feelings as well as the body is discreet in choice of words and clothing.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
"You shall not covet ... anything that is your neighbor's. ... You shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or anything that is your neighbor's."
Detachment from riches is the goal of the tenth commandment and the first Beatitude("blessed are the poor in spirit") because, according to the Catechism, this precept is necessary for entrance into the Kingdom of heaven. Covetousness is prohibited by the tenth commandment because it is considered to be the first step toward commission of theft, robbery and fraud; these lead to violence and injustice. The Church defines covetousness as a "disordered desire" that can take different forms:
- Greed is the desire for too much of what one does not need.
- Envy is the desire for what belongs to another. The US Bishops define it as "an attitude that fills us with sadness at the sight of another's prosperity."