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The “You Shall Nots”

The “you shall nots” are less a list of restrictions and limitations than an invitation to keep turning back to God, who will “satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Ps 145:16). The “shall nots” say, “Don’t steal that; look at me. Don’t objectify her with lust; look at me. Don’t nurse your anger unto death! Look at me. Do not look out there, not even to your past, be it good or bad; and do not look to your earthly desires. Look at me, and let me love you, and you will have no need of the rest.”

—from Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia who also blogs as The Anchoress

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