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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 220 pages of information about Baltimore Catechism No. 3 (of 4).

Q. 1256.  Give some examples of when the honor of God, the good of our neighbor or necessity may require servile works on Sunday.  A. The honor of God, the good of our neighbor or necessity may require servile works on Sunday, in such cases as the preparation of a place for Holy Mass, the saving of property in storms or accidents, the cooking of meals and similar works.

LESSON THIRTY-THIRD.  FROM THE FOURTH TO THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT.

Q. 1257. {361} What is the fourth Commandment? 
A. The fourth Commandment is:  Honor thy father and thy mother.

Q. 1258.  What does the word “honor” in this commandment include?  A. The word “honor” in this commandment includes the doing of everything necessary for our parents’ spiritual and temporal welfare, the showing of proper respect, and the fulfillment of all our duties to them.

Q. 1259. {362} What are we commanded by the fourth Commandment?  A. We are commanded by the fourth Commandment to honor, love and obey our parents in all that is not sin.

Q. 1260.  Why should we refuse to obey parents or superiors who command us to sin?  A. We should refuse to obey parents or superiors who command us to sin because they are not then acting with God’s authority, but contrary to it and in violation of His laws.

Q. 1261. {363} Are we bound to honor and obey others than our parents?  A. We are also bound to honor and obey our bishops, pastors, magistrates, teachers, and other lawful superiors.

Q. 1262.  Who are meant by magistrates?  A. By magistrates are meant all officials of whatever rank who have a lawful right to rule over us and our temporal possessions or affairs.

Q. 1263.  Who are meant by lawful superiors?  A. By lawful superiors are meant all persons to whom we are in any way subject, such as employers or others under whose authority we live or work.

Q. 1264.  What is the duty of servants or workmen to their employers?  A. The duty of servants or workmen to their employers is to serve them faithfully and honestly, according to their agreement, and to guard against injuring their property or reputation.

Q. 1265. {364} Have parents and superiors any duties toward those who are under their charge?  A. It is the duty of parents and superiors to take good care of all under their charge and give them proper direction and example.

Q. 1266.  If parents or superiors neglect their duty or abuse their authority in any particular, should we follow their direction and example in that particular?  A. If parents or superiors neglect their duty or abuse their authority in any particular we should not follow their direction or example in that particular, but follow the dictates of our conscience in the performance of our duty.

Q. 1267.  What is the duty of employers to their servants or workmen?  A. The duty of employers to their servants or workmen is to see that they are kindly and fairly treated and provided for, according to their agreement, and that they are justly paid their wages at the proper time.

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