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Seven Days, Seven Pages: Celebrating the Saint John’s Bible & the Papal Visit to the U.S. – Day 3

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In celebration of Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the U.S., the Department of Archives & Special Collections at LMU's William H. Hannon Library invites you to view its copy of the Saint John's Bible on display for seven days: Monday, September 21 – Sunday, September 27, 2015. This Department is open to the public and all are welcome.

In conjunction with this celebration, seven images from the Saint John's Bible and seven reflective essays will be published on this blog for seven days: Monday, September 21 – Sunday, September 28, 2015. 

Day 3 - TenCommandments

(Ten Commandments, Thomas Ingmire, Copyright 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University,Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

Illuminating the Mission

Day Three • Page Three:  A Reflection on the Ten Commandments

Rev. Michael Patella, OSB

Human society and civilization depend upon right relationships, and those relationships can only succeed when there is proper respect shown to God and neighbor.  The Ten Commandments, as a compendium of laws foundational to the well-being of all humankind, connects the homage due to God alone (Ex 20:1-11) with the obligations and deportment shown to neighbor (Ex 20:12-17).

In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis proclaims that when we neglect to identify God as the all-powerful One who alone has created the world, “we end up worshipping earthly powers, or ourselves usurping the place of God” (75). When we place ourselves at the center of the universe, our personal and communal lives will disintegrate and vanish as do the letters at the bottom of the page. Only when we as humans recognize that God is the Lord of the cosmos and we are the fruit of his loving creation do human relationships function in a way that reflects the love and goodness of our Creator.

Exodus 20:1 says, “Then God spoke all these words…” What does God’s voice sound like as you hear the Ten Commandments? In what ways do God’s commands allow you to love more freely?