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I. I am the Lord Thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

We must see this through the lens of a God who loves us and desires us to be close to Him now and for eternity.

"It is written the Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve." -Matthew 4.10


Here are excerpts from Catholic resources to assist us in the understanding of this Commandment:

  • Think of His fatherly care even for most insignificant of HIs creatures.

  • How infinite is the distance between God and man!

  • We adore God exteriorly by vocal prayer, sacrifice, prostrations, ect.

  • We ought to avoid all exaggeration in devotion, and never omit the duties of our state in life.

  • True piety is cheerful. The soul that rejoices in the possession of God, that is rich in virtue, produces a pleasant impression on others.  

  • We should aim at simplicity in our devotions. 

  • "He who performs the duties of his calling with diligent care for the love of God, is truly pious and a man after God's heart."

  • Idolatry is the worship of a creature which is regarded as a deity.

  • All who are engrossed in material interests are guilty of idolatry, especially the avaricious, the proud, the intemperate, the unchaste. 

  • Persons are guilty of idolatry, if they cherish an inordinate affection for another.

  • Superstition, fortune-telling, spirtualism, and magic are forms of worship and are to be avoided.

  • Avoid media, publications, and activities that speaks against the faith.

  • Every day in the year some one or more saints are commemorated; their names are mentioned in the Mass and invoked in litanies and public prayers. They magnify God in their life's story.

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