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The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart

Author(s): Joan Chittister

ISBN13: 9781570756849

ISBN10: 1570756848

Publisher: ORBIS BOOKS

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  • An honest inquiry into what it means to be born in the image and likeness of God in a world that too often looks just the opposite.

    The Ten Commandments are laws of the heart, not laws of the commonwealth. They are laws that last, that lead us to fullness of life, beyond the culture, above the culture, and more enduring than the culture. All the Sinai Tablets on the walls of all the courtrooms in the land will not assure us of justice if we do not have hearts already shaped by what the sculptures signify. All the prayers and prayer meetings in the world which we hold in public schools in a pluralistic society will not make us people of the Law unless the law first lives in our hearts. And if it does, displays will not much matter. We ourselves will be their sign., From the Introduction

    Are the Ten Commandments just a set of rules or are they a way of life? How does each one call us to reflect on our life and values? What does it mean to love God and our neighbor in a world where violence, greed, and fear threaten our lives, our values, our hearts? Joan Chittister answers these and other questions.

    Each chapter focuses on what one of the commandments means for us today. The final two shed light on the two Great Commandments, Love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.

  • Joan Chittister


    Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She serves as cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. Her books include The Gift of Years, The Monastery of the Heart, and Uncommon Gratitude (with the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams). She is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was prioress of her community, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, for twelve years.



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