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Chapter 33. The Ninth Commandment: Practise Purity of Heart

You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbours’s Wife (CCC, nos 2514–2533)


The Ninth Commandment teaches us to guard ourselves against impurity of heart. The heart is the seat of moral acts, and the grace of the sacraments strengthens and preserves us from impurities of heart, mind and body. In the midst of a society that glorifies immodesty, indecency and sexual permissiveness, the Ninth Commandment challenges Christians. Through the practice of purity of heart, we become a countercultural sign.


Lesson of Faith: Maria Goretti




St Maria Goretti

Read about the life of St Maria Goretti, and listen to the podcast which commemorates her feast day. 


Homily about St Maria Goretti

Read this homily given by Cardinal Angelo Sodano on the centenary of the death of St Maria Goretti



St Maria Goretti

Watch this presentation about St Maria Goretti produced by the Apostleship of Prayer.



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