| What does the tenth
The tenth commandment forbids all desire to
take or to keep unjustly what belongs to others, and also forbids envy
at their success.
Take heed and guard yourself from all covetousness, for a man's
life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. (Luke
The Tenth Commandment
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
You shall not
covet --- Anything that is your neighbor's --- You shall not desire your
neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant or
his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.
your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Mt 6:21)
Tenth Commandment completes the ninth. While the ninth is
concerned with avoiding the sins of the flesh, the tenth forbids
coveting the goods of another.
There is nothing wrong with the desire
for things. In fact, it is quite natural. It's when these
desires exceed the limits of reason and drive us to coven unjustly what
is not ours, and belongs to another. This is when we commit
serious sins against God's Law.
The tenth commandment forbids greed
and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. It
forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches; and those
riches ability to obtain power. It forbids you the desire to
commit injustices that can lead you to harming your neighbor to obtain
his earthly goods.
It's not wrong to
desire to obtain things that belong to your neighbor; if this is done by
just means. Just Means prevents the struggle to obtain
worldly goods by criminal acts.
The tenth commandment requires us to
drive envy from our hearts and minds. Envy is a capital
sin. St. Augustine called it the diabolical sin. From envy
is born jealousy, hatred and delight in the misfortunes of our neighbor,
which when uncontrolled can lead one to do his neighbor great harm.
Riches Can Destroy
The Lord grieves over the rich. It is harder for a rich man to
enter into the kingdom of heaven than a camel to pass through the eye of
Those who are absorbed in worldly goods and material things
are usually hard-hearted for those in need and will never lend a helping
hand. They constantly buy the things they don't need and many are
always in financial stress. This leads to a source of great
unhappiness. (Ask those in credit card debt that can never be paid
off) Desire for the things of this world can lead to total
(According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
treasure is, there will your heart be also (Mt 6:21) If your
treasure and heart are with earthly goods your eyes will not see the
kingdom of heaven.
The baptized person combats envy through good-will,
humility, and abandonment to the providence of God.
riches is necessary for entering the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are
the poor in spirit" (Mt 5:3)