Princiopally an attribute of God describing his complete separation from the sphere of the profane. Individual human beings may be holy dedicating themselves completely to God. Holiness is the perfection of charity.
The free and undeserved gift that God gives us to respond to our vocation to become his adopted children.
A witness to the truth of the faith who suffers social persecution rather than death.
All reading that leads us to prayer and closer union with God. First of all, the Sacred Scriptures, but also the writings and lives of the popes, bishops, and saints.
Process of being made holy. This begins with Baptism, continues throughout the life of the Christian, and is completed when a person enters heaven and becomes totally and irrevocably united with God in the beatific vision.
The faithful who, having been incorporated into Christ through Baptism, are made part of the people of God, the Church. They are not in Holy Orders or the consecrated llife.
A formal meeting of Church leaders to deliberate, clarify, study, and enact decrees pertaining to the life and belief of the Church.
Decree on the Laity
Official pronouncement announcing that all the baptized are called to perfection of life and to evangelize all who they meet.
A witness to the truth of faith, in which the martyr endures even death to be faithful to Christ. Those who die for the faith before having recieved Baptism are said to have recieved a baptism of blood, by which their sins are forgiven and they share in the joys of heaven.
A person on Earth, in purgatory, or in heaven notable for holiness and heroic virtue. The saints share in God's life, glory, and hapiness. The Church may officially declare someone a saint through the process of beatification and canonization.