Renowned pastor and teacher Msgr Peter Vaghi illuminates the Ten Commandments as ways to live in a deeper relationship with Christ. Like its companion books in the Pillars of Faith series – The Faith We Profess and The Sacraments We Celebrate – this third book on the moral life is ideal for use in small groups. In his latest addition to the Pillars of Faith series, pastor Msgr Peter Vaghi continues his popular Catechism-based catechetical program. With simplicity and clarity, The Commandments We Keep unpacks each of the Ten Commandments using a three-pronged approach: discover how the commandment was understood in the Old Testament, understand how Christ fulfilled the commandment in his life and teaching, and examine the personal and practical implications of each commandment for life today. Vaghis books assist, enliven, and equip everyone involved in adult faith formation and have been hailed by James Martin, SJ, as “firmly grounded in scripture and tradition, well written, clear, orthodox, to the point – and, best of all, wonderfully concise.” Reflection questions and prayers help make this an ideal resource for faith-formation groups, spiritual seekers, and for those seeking to pass on the central treasures of the Catholic faith.
Monsignor Peter J Vaghi is pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He received seminary and theological training at the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University, both in Rome. Also a graduate of University of Virginia Law School, Vaghi practiced law for many years and remains a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Vaghi serves as chaplain of the John Carroll Society, a group of professional men and women in service of the Archbishop of Washington. He is the author of the Pillars of Faith series, which currently includes The Faith We Profess and The Sacraments We Celebrate, The Commandments We Keep and The Prayer We Offer. He has written a number of articles for America, Priest, and Our Sunday Visitor. He has also a contributed to two collections of writings on priestly spirituality: Behold Your Mother and Born of the Eucharist..
“They are timeless and timely, these Ten Commandments, and Monsignor Peter Vaghi combines the realism of a pastor with the precision of a theologian to ‘bring them down the mountain’ for us today.” Cardinal Timothy M Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
“An engaging and comprehensive presentation of what it means to live a Catholic moral life. The questions and prayers help to prayerfully deepen the understanding of the law of God. A great resource for catechetical leaders and catechists.” Maruja Sedano, Director Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago.