THE CATECHISM OF ST. PIUS X

The Tenth Commandment

1 Q: What does the Tenth Commandment, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods, forbid?

A: The Tenth Commandment, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods, forbids the wish to deprive another of his goods and the wish to acquire goods by unjust means.

2 Q: Why does God forbid even the desire of another's goods?

A: God forbids the unregulated desire of another's goods, because He wishes us to be just even in thought and will, and to hold ourselves completely aloof from unjust acts.

3 Q: What does the Tenth Commandment command?

A: The Tenth Commandment commands us to be satisfied with the state in which God has placed us, and to bear poverty patiently should God have placed us in that condition.

4 Q: How can a Christian be content in a state of poverty?

A: A Christian can be content in a state of poverty by reflecting that our greatest good is a pure and peaceful conscience; that our true home is heaven; and that Jesus Christ made Himself poor for love of us and has promised a special reward to those who bear poverty patiently.