Fifth: Honour your father and your mother


The Fifth Commandment is, “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you”.  And the Catechism explains this by saying, “To love, honour and succour my father and mother”.

Respecting our parents

To honour one’s parents means to treat them with respect and politeness – no cheeky answering back.  It also includes being obedient and doing what you are told as soon as you are told.  You’ll remember that one of the very few things we are told about Jesus when he was a Boy at Nazareth, was that he was subject to Mary his Mother and to Joseph his foster-father.  He treated them properly and did as he was told.

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