Guidance to our Freedom
God created you in His images & likeness,
and He give us a very important gift: GIFT OF
But as our Creator, God did not crated us, and
then abandoned us to do whatever we want
NO Way! He loves his creation, way too much, to
Remember God ultimately wants you and every
person, he has ever created, to be with Him
forever in Heaven.
So God gave us directions to Heaven
Law of Love
Today we are going to learn about God’s Law
The Road map to happiness & holiness
Since God created you, He knows what’s best for
Like every parent, he wants you to be happy
and since He created you, he knows exactly what
would make you happy
So God gave us directions to Heaven
He wrote it up in a map, and he wrote it in somewhere
we never lost it.
In our Hearts!!!
Remember God is a merciful Father who
loves each & every person
He gives each and every person a personal
map to happiness with Him in Heaven
NATURAL LAW is this map to happiness, and
it reflects the DIGNITY with which He made
These Laws will help you to become, what He
created you to be.
Let see some examples of the important of
laws and rules
Why do We Need Rules?
Let’s say you & your friends decided to play soccer:
But this time you are going to try something new,
And you decided to play without any rule:
NO rules, not a single one, no boundaries, and doesn’t matter
what goal you try to kick the ball in through.
Also you can use your hands, when ever you want and there is
The whistle blew, and before you even play a couple of
minutes you found out, what bad idea it was
Everyone was picking the ball, running all over
And since there is no other bound, they were running behind the
goal & running from the side
This is a good example why we need rules to play soccer
Working of a Common Goal
While paying according to the rules
everyone can work for the common Goal
There is certain behavior that is expected
By having boundaries, it gives us contain
and certainty in certain areas divided by
This make the our participation in the
game of soccer fun
And it applies in other areas of our daily
In Life we also need rules or laws to help us reach Our
Final Goal Of Heaven
This Rules are not just randomly chosen or made up just to
have rules to follow up, No!
These laws are given for us by God, our Heavenly Father
because He know us, and He knows what it is best for us.
The most basic of these laws are called: NATURAL LAW
because it is written in our very Human Nature
This is what God created us to be…
All human kind, (doesn’t matter what race, culture,
language, or time) have these laws written in their hearts.
THE NATURAL LAW
Natural Law, Human Natures. get it?
May be because the word “Natural”, you may
think of fields, plants, flowers, or animals,
But they don’t follow the “Natural Law”
They follow the “Laws of Nature”
These are 2 different things:
Some examples of the “Laws of Nature” is that
a plant needs water & light to grow,
bears need to hibernated,
birds lay eggs, etc..
These are “Laws of Nature”, Not “Natural Law”
The Natural Law
God gave men “Natural Law” because He gave men Reason &
REASON AND FREE WILL: Reason & Free will make us different
from all the rest of the animals, who live here on earth.
God has great expectation
and higher standard of behavior from you
A higher expectation that it does, (say) from your cat, who doesn’t
have a reason & free will.
The Natural Law
Reason & Free Will
Think of “Natural Law” as a bonus price
That goes with Reason & Free Will
And God put it in your very Nature: in your human
nature, when you were created.
NATURAL LAW is unchangeable
applies to every person ever created
doesn’t matter where you are
or who you are
or what you are doing
What other beings, did God create with both an intellect
& a will?
The angels have both intellect & a free will; just like
God’s Laws Apply to All People
God’s Laws apply to all people throughout all
the time, and never ever change
You can always count on them,
All people, (whether God has preach to them, or
not), can recognize the “Laws of God”
written in their very heart,
through the gift of reason.
Using your reason to know these laws,
gives you an understanding of good & evil, and
right & wrong
And by understanding what is good & evil,
and right & wrong,
You can make good judgment to choose Eternal
These Laws Written on All Hearts
Let see an example of Natural Law.
At school your friend brings a new toy; you like it,
and you think: “he won’t miss it” and you put it in
your back pack.
This is stealing, and stealing is always wrong
with your REASON you can know this is wrong
Because in justice, that toy don’t belong to you; it
belongs to your friend
You feel guilty because you know you have brake
A “Law” that is written in your heart!
Again, everyone has these Laws written on their
hearts, since the day God created them.
Natural Law written on All Hearts
NATURAL LAW written on all hearts, it is
a very part of our Human Nature
And because of the Dignity of the Humanity
These laws exist to take care & protect
each of us; just think about it:
would you like to be cheated?
would you like to be stole?
Or would you like to be killed?
God gives a good base with the Natural
Law written in our hearts,
……but He did not stop there!
God knew we needed more help
God is very wise, and after the Fall of Adam & Eve,
when sin entered the world…
He knew we needed more help, if we were going to
make it to our final destination of Heaven.
Some of the consequences of Original sin was
And weakened will
Our reason is submitted to error, our flesh to passions,
& our will is weaken
After the 1st sin, it became more difficult for man to
use his reason, to read the Natural Law written in our
God Made It Clear
God needed give us further help
He had to be a little more obvious about what is
good, and what would lead us to eternal life
And he have to be very clear about His expectations
So God wrote out, how we should act toward
Him and toward others
God wrote the 10 Commandments on tables of
Although we still have Natural Law written in
…by giving us the 10 Commandments God
make sure there was not any misunderstanding of
what exactly what He expect.
To introduce you to the 10 Commandments, I will
introduce you to the Story of Moses & the Israelites
It is important to know the Story of Moses from the
because it can apply to all people, no matter when
they were born.
The Israelites were God’s chosen people. He had made
a covenant with them, that He will be their God if they
would be His people
However, the Israelites people were enslave by the
God saw they needed to be free, so they could worship
Him, so He sent them Moses
Now Moses had a tough job. He has to go to Pharaoh &
ask him to free the Israelites,
but Who want to give up all those slaves? Pharaoh gave
a loud “NO” to Moses
Therefore, God had Moses to perform
called 10 plagues, to prove to Pharaoh
that God was serious.
He wanted the Israelites free, so they
could worship Him, the One True God.
After the 10 plagues, Pharaoh had had
he free the Israelites & they marched
out of Egypt triumphantly.
You may think, this would be the end of
The Israelites were free & they worship their
and they lived a virtues & holy life
NO! unfortunately that was not quiet the
end of the story,
When Moses brought the Israelites into the
desert, to journey to the promise land,
He discovered something even worst than
the Slavery of Egypt
Something Worst than the Slavery of Egypt
Israelites were slave by their sin. Yes!
They were free from the Egyptians,
but they were not free from their own bad
habits & vices.
Their reason or intellect was darken, and
their will so weak,
that they couldn’t read the Natural Law in
their own heart.
Their Natural Law, (The Map of Eternal
Life) was still written on their hearts,
but because of their sins, it was difficult
for the Israelites to read.
God gave the 10 Commandments
Moses when up to the Mountain and talked this
situation over with God,
and God had the solution!
God wrote on stone tables the 10 Commandments
These 10 Commandments were revealed as a part of
Natural Law, written on the heart
They are essential to the Dignity of Man.
If man is going to have real freedom, from sin,
God wanted to be very Clear on the way to freedom.
If the Natural Law is the road map to happiness,
10 Commandments are the road signs, very obvious &
1) I am you Lord, your God, you shall not have any other
stranger god before me.
2) You should not take of the name of the Lord, your God in
3) Remember to keep Holy the Lord’s day.
4) Honor you Father & Mother.
5) You shall not kill.
6) You shall not commit adultery.
7) You shall not steal.
8) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9) You should not covet your neighbor wife.
10) You shall not covet your neighbor goods.
10 Commandments for our Sake.
The 10 Commandments, like the Natural Law, are
not some rules that God just made up,
because He thought men need it something to do;
They are for our own good and our own protection
God loves you, loves me,
and He loves every person that he has ever created
in the past and into the future
He didn’t need to give us the 10 Commandments for
He give the 10 Commandments for our sake.
He knew we needed them, and He is right!
The 10 Commandments Because We Love Him
By following the 10 Commandments, you
respond to God’s Love
He is asking you to keep these commandments,
not out of fear of punishment,
but because you love Him.
The 10 Commandments state
what is required in loving God and your neighbor
Keeping the Commandments
Let see an example of some one who is loud &
One day when you were standing around with
your friends, this someone walks by
You were very tempted to gossip about that
person, with the latest rumor you heard
This would be a sin against the 8th
That you shall not bear false witness against your
But You think about this, and instead of
you decided to talk about what you did in class
Following the Commandments
By following the 8th commandment, you just
hurting another person,
hurting yourself, by becoming free of the sin of
and most of all you show your love at God, by
following His command
You see how easy that is?
You are using your freedom to respond to
the Love God has for you,
by loving Him in return,
by keeping his commandments.
Following God’s Will
The 10 Commandments also make God’s will known to
We should always wish the desire to follow God’s will
It is the perfect plan for you, and since He loves you
and made you,
you will find the most happiness in doing His will.
Maybe you want to go out to the world and make heroic &
great things for God…
however, right now in your life, God wants you to follow
By following this simple request of following His commands,
you are doing heroic & great things for God, in your every
This is the will of God for you and for all people.
He is Preparing You
By follow the 10 commandments, He is preparing you for
the next call he has plan.
Do you remember the story of the rich young man, who
came to Jesus and asked him: What he must do to enter
to Eternal life?
Let look the story of the Gospel of Matthew:
A rich man walks up to Jesus and ask Him, What good deed
he must do to have eternal life.
Jesus looks at him with love and answer “Keep the 10
The rich man asked which one,
and Jesus replied with the basic commandments: you shall
not kill, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father &
The young man replied: “I have kept all these” What else I still
and Jesus replied: “… Come and follow Me” (Matthew 19:16)
“The New Law”
“Come and follow Me” have you kept this
commandment? Yes? Well then you are prepare for the next
We going to stay with the story of the rich young man, to
lead us on into the NEW LAW
The rich young man wanted:
To grow in Holiness
He kept the commandments
And sought out Jesus
Jesus came to give us the NEW LAW.
Are not the 10 commandments enough? (you may ask)
No, they are not enough;
the 10 commandments are only the beginning, a
preparation, a practice for the big event.
THE NEW LAW
The 10 Commandments lead us to the New Love of Christ
The 10 commandments prepare our hearts to love and give
ourselves to God
The 10 commandments are our foundations
What do the 10 Commandments prepare us for?
The 10 Commandments Do Not prepare us for Something,
They prepare us for SOMEONE
And that Someone is Jesus
Jesus is the greatest gift to each one of us
He is the NEW LAW
JESUS THE NEW LAW
The young man was in the right track
He had followed all the commandments
But he knew it was more
And that more, that he saw, was the person of Jesus
He wants to prepare for happiness and “perfection”
Christ is the NEW LAW;
and Jesus came to fulfill the Old Law!!!
The New Law, can be the sum up in the 2 great
1) Love the Lord your God with you whole heart, with
your whole strength
2) And love your neighbor as yourself
New Law Alive in Our Heart
This New Law is eve more demanding, and most
challenging that the Old Law, in the 10
The New Law is “Following Christ Himself” who is
the Way, the Truth and the Life
Where is the sum tablets?
Where are the books that spell out the New Law?
This New Law is not a written Law.
It is a Law of Love
It is a Living Law
And it is alive in your HEART
The Guide God Has Given Us
However, in order to understand it better; let’s review the
Guide, God has given us to this point:
1. The 1st guide: Natural Law
a) It is written on year heart, everyone's heart
b) It is part of our Human Nature and our dignity as man
c) All men have it and it is the same for everyone
d) Everyone can know what is right or wrong, through reason Natural
2. Next: the 10 Commandments
Still part of the Natural Law, but our reason wasn’t figuring
God revealed these 10 laws to us to helps us out
The 10 Commandments apply to all people, at all times and all
You do not have 10 laws to follow, and your neighbor only 8 laws;
all people have the 10 commandments to lead us to happiness
Jesus Challenges Us
3. So, Now all these lead us to the NATURAL LAW
The New Law is different
Because the New Law is a Person
The New Law is Grace
Where can we get a idea, of what the New Law
means, in our every day life?
You can find what must be done, in the New Law,
in the Sermon of the Mountain: (Matthew 5-7)
Jesus did not leave us wondering
In “the Sermon of the Mountain” Jesus challenges
to go beyond the Old Law
To go beyond the 10 Commandments
The New Law is Grace of The Holy Spirit
Though you have made it with the 10 commandments,
that is only the beginning!
But don’t worry because God has provided all that we
The Old Law of the 10 commandments are commands for us
But the New Law give us the Grace to do what is demanded
The NEW LAW is the GRACE of The HOLY SPIRIT
given to you through your Faith in Christ.
The Sacraments give you GRACE to follow the New
Law of Love.
God knew that we would need more than the 10
commandments written on stone
So he sent His Son to be our example of the New Law of
Grow in Charity & Love our Neighbor
The 10 Commandments, mainly focus on actions
What people see!
But God gave us a New Law because He wants to go
He wants us to reform our very heart
To have a True conversion
So we follow the 10 commandments Out of Love for Him.
Jesus challenges us not only following the
commandments, but to go about and beyond
And grow in charity and His love for us
So that, we may be PERFECT, as our Heavenly Father is
And Love our Neighbor
God knows this is, where True happiness lies.
Putting into actions the Words of Christ
The New Law is
putting into action the words of Christ
And growing in Holiness
Growing in Holiness means to grow in
and becoming more Free, leads to the ability
to choose God & eternal happiness
Every Saint, the Church had ever canonized,
loved not only the 10 commandments, but he
A great example is Pier Giorgio Frassati; He
born in Italy in a very influential family.
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Like the rich young man in the gospel, he also
follow the 10 commandments and was looking for
He found more in living in the New Law
He follow Christ example in his daily life
He loves his friends and family, with humility and
He was a peace maker in his home
and was a poor person in spirit, often giving his
money, for the bus tickets for the poor.
He was happy & holy and reflected the New Law
Because he loves God’s Law and followed the
example of Christ.
1) What Law is written in all hearts of all men for all
2) What do the 10 Commandments teach you about
God and neighbor?
The 10 commandments state what is required in
Loving God and you neighbor
3) Which Law give us the GRACE to live it?
The New Law, The Law of Jesus
God knows exactly what we Need
God knows exactly what you need to make you
Like a map to our eternal happiness,
He is giving us Laws to follow, that will lead us to
the happiness of Heaven
He wants us to follow his Laws and Love
So you follow His Laws,
because you want to show Him, how much you