A line of priestly power and authority originating from Christ and handed down from the apostles to the present through their successors, the bishops
It is a choice to "skip" the marriage of earth and devote oneself entirely to the marriage of heaven
A practice or norm created by the Church that is firm and should be followed, but could be changed by the Church in the future
Communion of saints
Connected with those who have died and are still being purified in purgatory.
A person who chooses life that focuses on an interior life of prayer and intercession for the benefits of the Church
A gaze of faith fixed on Jesus, and the mysteries of His life. It is placing oneself in God's presence and resting there in His love
Maintaining control of ones desires, appetites, and passions rather being controlled by them.
A sin that points toward the final stage of humanity
in persona Christi
Latin phrase meaning "in the person Christ"
Contemplative woman celibates who lives in monasteries, dedicated to life of prayer in the Church
Nuptial Meaning of the Body
Call that God has stamped into our bodies as male and female to love as He loves
Concerning the very essence or nature of a being.
Apostolic letter written by John Paul II in 1994 regarding the reservation of the priesthood to men alone
Women celibates who generally live in convents and dedicate themselves to active ministry
A call from God to live a life of holiness in a particular manner and state of life