The Colors of the Commandments

The Colors of the Commandments September 1, 2013


Catholic social teachings have their roots in the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.

One would think, watching this video, that every person, everywhere, would unite with all others behind these teachings. However, Catholic Social Teachings are the reason that the Church is attacked from so many quarters, including, sadly, from the pews and even from behind the altars of its own parishes.

Everyone has someone they want to exploit, abuse or even kill for their own privilege. This impulse is evil from its core, and like all evil it responds to anything that seeks to limit it with anger and rage.

Nothing makes people more angry than telling them that their most precious little sin is, in fact, a sin. Of all the angers I have encountered as an elected official, none is so vicious, hate-filled and unreasoning as the rage of people who are being told they can’t kill or exploit other people they have deemed not human enough to matter.

I think the reason for this is that, by defining other people as not human enough to matter, and taking on themselves to power to kill and exploit them, they have already aligned themselves with the darkness.

And the darkness hates the light, even it is just a flash of the tiniest flame of another person telling them that they are wrong.

This beautiful video describes Catholic Social teaching with colors.

Watch it and pray that Kingdom come, His will be done.

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4 responses to “The Colors of the Commandments”

  1. “Everyone has someone they want to exploit, abuse or even kill for their own privilege.”

    Ummm, no. Not everyone. Many, perhaps, but not everyone. Some people just want to live quietly, without being hounded. Most of them are also the typical tithers and food bank staffers. So, no, not everyone.

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful video, Rebecca! This Lutheran pastor has been looking for such a video to share with his Confirmation students in the Ten Commandments unit, and this is the one! “Catholic” social teachings or “Luther’s” explanations, the Two Commandments (“Love the Lord. . . ” and “Love your neighbor. . . “) are summed up beautifully in this video. Thanks again!