by Rev. Fr. Theodore E. Ziton
from The Word, October 1958
“And God spoke all these words, saying,
- “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.
- “Thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven image.
- “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
- “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- “Honor thy father and thy mother.
- “Thou shalt not kill.
- “Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- “Thou shalt not steal.
- “Thou shalt not bear false witness.
- “Thou shalt not covet.” (Exodus 20:1-17)
In the Ten Words, or the Ten Commandments, which God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai we find the foundation upon which rests the structure of our civilization. The Ten Commandments are timeless and ageless. There will never be an age or a civilization when it will be right to kill, to steal, to commit adultery, or to lie. The Ten Commandments are a moral conviction which binds mankind together. They echo in all the Churches of Christendom. They constitute the most ancient of all creeds, to which men of good will everywhere give assent. They strike a universal chord and sound the music of that eternity which God hath set in the heart of man.