Pop-Up Catechesis: The Tenth Commandment and Avoiding Comparisons

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

From the time we are toddlers right up to the present day, it is common for us to compare ourselves to others. I know that this past Christmas, my wife and I were happy to have our grandchildren open their Christmas presents on separate days so that they wouldn’t compare their gifts to their cousins’. We may think that this is only a problem that children have; however, there is a reason we have the cliche, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” We adults find it hard to stop comparing ourselves with others. The Tenth Commandment, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods,” teaches us that coveting, or desiring, our neighbor’s material possessions is unhealthy for ourselves and for our relationships with others. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the Tenth Commandment and how it calls for us to stop comparing ourselves with others and to live with a spirit of simplicity.

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About Joe Paprocki 2646 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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