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St. Thomas Aquinas
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  • THE THIRD COMMANDMENT: "Remember that You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day."
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THE THIRD COMMANDMENT: "Remember that You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day."

 

This is the Third Commandment of the law, and very suitably is it so. For

we are first commanded to adore God in our hearts, and the Commandment is

to worship one God: "Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me." In the

Second Commandment we are told to reverence God by word: "Thou shalt not

take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." The Third commands us to

reverence God by act. It is: "Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath

day."1 God wished that a certain day be set aside on which men direct their

minds to the service of the Lord.

 




1. St. Thomas also treats of this Commandment in the "Summa Theologica," I-

ll Q. cii, art. 4, 10; "ibid.," II-II, Q. cxxii, art. 4.

 






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