“What good deed must I do, to have eternal life?”—
“If you would enter into life, keep the command
By his life and by his preaching Jesus attested to the
permanent validity of the Decalogue.
The gift of the Decalogue is bestowed fromwithin the
covenant concluded by God with his people. God’s
commandments take on their true meaning in and
through this covenant.
In fidelity to Scripture and in conformity with Jesus’
example, the tradition of the Church has always ac
knowledged the primordial importance and signifi
cance of the Decalogue.
The Decalogue forms an organic unity in which each
“word” or “commandment” refers to all the others
taken together. To transgress one commandment is to
infringe the whole Law (cf.
The Decalogue contains a privileged expression of
the natural law. It is made known to us by divine rev
elation and by human reason.
The Ten Commandments, in their fundamental con
tent, state grave obligations. However, obedience to
these precepts also implies obligations in matter
which is, in itself, light.
What God commands he makes possible by his grace.