Pop-Up Catechesis: The Ninth Commandment and Misplaced Desires

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

Something does not need to be lost in order to be classified as “misplaced.” We typically think of those two words as synonymous; however, there is a difference. If something is lost, it means that we are having trouble locating it. If something is misplaced, it simply means it is in the wrong place such as a, misplaced comma in a sentence (such as the one I inserted in this sentence). It is with this understanding that we can talk about misplaced desires. A misplaced desire is not a “lost” desire but rather a desire that is “in the wrong place.” St. Ignatius teaches us that our desires are not bad and that we should pay attention to them, because sometimes we misplace them. The Ninth Commandment, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,” is about misplaced desires and is the focus of this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis.

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About Joe Paprocki 2681 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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