a call to a way of life
Our call from God to holiness and to evangelization
poverty, chastity, and obedience
members of the Church who share in the mission to bring the good news of Christ to the world; also called laypeople and the Christian faithful
also called the "religious life"; those who are called to this life are often called "religious." Men and women profess or promise God that they will practice poverty, chastity through celibacy, and obedience to the Church and to their religious communities.
the vocation followed by baptized Catholic men who have been ordained in the Sacrament of Holy Orders as bishops, priests, or permanent deacons
the name that we give to the body of laws that govern the Church; the canons, or laws, are contained in the Church's Code of Canon Law.
the state of those who have chosen to remain single, promising to devote themselves to the work of God and the Church for the sake of the Kingdom
deliberate and free promises made to God
a good habit that helps us to act according to God's love for us
the virtues of faith, hope, and charity, which have God as their source, motive, and object.
the four human virtues, or habits, that are pivotal to all other human virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance
a statement of belief
Marks of the Church
the four characteristics of the Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic
Works of Mercy
acts of love by which we care for the bodily and spiritual needs of others
the sharing of our resources or time to help those who are poor or in need
Jesus Christ's coming at the end of time to judge all people
opposing every form of injustice in society and working to promote justice for all people
the value and worth that we share because God created us in his image and likeness
conduct in conformity with God's will
the well-being of every individual person and of the whole society to which everyone belongs
Catholic Social Teaching
the teaching of the Church that calls all members to work for justice and peace as Jesus did.
a denial after Baptism of a truth of the faith
a total abandonment of one's faith
refusal to submit to the leadership of Peter's successor, the pope, or a lack of unity with the members of the Church
the work to promote the unity of all Christians
Communion of Saints
the union of all the baptized members of the Church on earth, in heaven, and in purgatory
the truth that at the end of her earthly work, God brought Mary body and soul to heaven to live forever with the risen Jesus
the raising of our minds and hearts to God
the virtue that enables us to acknowledge that God is the source of all good.
to dedicate someone or something to God or to make something holy in God's name
prayer in which we ask something of God
a type of prayer in which we ask for something on behalf of another person or a group of people; petitions in which we ask for something on behalf of another person or group of people
prayer in which we show our gratitude to God for all he has given us
prayer in which we give glory to God for being God. Prayers of praise do not involve our needs or our gratitude.
Liturgy of the Hours
an official public prayer of the Church celebrated at specific times, or hours, throughout the day