A practice or norm instituted by the Church that should be followed but which could be changed by the Church in the future. Examples are abstaining from meat on Fridays, needing to be 16 years old to be a Confirmation sponsor, and priestly celibacy.
Discernment of God's Plan
Listening for the voice of God through prayer and the counsel of others in an effort to discover His desire for our lives.
Judging whether an action is right or wrong, based upon the truths that God has revealed to us.
From the Latin vocare (to call), this is the call that God speaks to each of us, asking us to live for Him and love Him in a particular way in a particular state of life (e.g., a man who is called to marry, become a doctor, and to write in medical journals about the truth and sacredness of life at conception.)
A time of relating with another, getting to know the person - and his or her friends and family - through friendship before moving into a dating relationship. This low-risk, balanced approach to pursuing relationships creates a firm foundation upon which love can be built.
God's life within us, which is a gift from God that helps us grow more like Him.
A portable sanctuary containing the Ark of the Covenant (and God's presence) that the Jews carried with them on their travels in the Old Testament before they had a permanent temple for worship. In the Catholic Church, it is the place in which the Church reserves the Eucharist, Christ's body in the form of bread. When we speak of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, we mean that it is a dwelling place for God - a tabernacle of His presence.
Corporal Works of Mercy
These are actions of love that meet the physical needs of others. The seven works include feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, giving drink to the thirsty, and burying the dead. The word "corporal" comes from the Latin word for body.
It is sharing the Christian faith with others. The word "evangelist" comes from a Greek word that means "bringer of good news."
A term referring to the special need to share the Gospel with new enthusiasm, new methods, and new expressions. The new evangelization is not a new Gospel, but it recognizes that as the world changes, the methods for sharing the Good News need to change if they are to be effective.
The forcing of one's believes on others instead of sharing them charitably. It is restricting the freedom of others by pressuring them with the truth, instead of allowing God to work in their hearts. We must remember that ultimately God is the One who converts others, not us.
Your personal story of hope and redemption in Jesus Christ that you share with others.
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 to devote oneself entirely to the marriage of heaven.
Communion of Saints
We already enjoy this communion here on earth with each other (the Church Militant). In spirit, we are connected with those who have died and are still being purified in purgatory (the Church Suffering). In prayer, we have communion with the saints in heaven (the Church Triumphant), who intercede for us before God. In the Resurrection, we will experience a fullness of communion as human members of the Church, sharing eternity together as persons perfectly integrated in bodies and souls
A person who chooses a life that focuses on an interior life of prayer and intercession for the benefit 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 one's desires, appetites, and passions rather than being controlled by them. Furthermore, continence lived as a virtue involves directing one's passions toward the true, good, and beautiful.
A sign that points toward the final stage of humanity in the total fulfillment of heaven.
In persona Christi
A Latin phrase meaning "in the person of Christ"; it describes the identity and actions of a priest, particularly when he celebrates the sacraments and preaches the Word of God.
Contemplative women celibates who live in monasteries, dedicated to a life of prayer for the Church.
Nuptial Meaning of the Body
This is the call that God has stamped into our bodies as male and female to love as He loves, through a sincere and total gift of self.
Concerning the very essence or nature of a being. One of the ontological realities about humans is our sexuality. Being a male or female is an essential part of human nature.
An 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 where there is a need.