Our Catholic Faith - Intro. and Ch. 1

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Virtues

Firm attitudes, stable dispositions, and habitual perfections.

Theological Virtues

Three important virtues we gain through baptism are faith, hope, and charity.

Religion

relationship between God and humans that results in a body of beliefs and a set of practices.

Ecumenical council

a worlwide, official assembly of the bishops under direction of the Pope.

Saint

a "Holy One" who lives in union with God through the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit

Magisterium

the official teaching authority of the church

Catechism of the Catholic Church

A compendium of Catholic doctrine on faith and morals published in 1992 that serves Catholics as "a sure norm for teaching the faith" and "an authentic reference text."

Atheist

Someone who denies the existence of God

Monotheistic

religions that believe that there is only one God

Polytheistic

Religions that believe in multiple gods and goddesses. Eg, The ancient Greeks, Romans and Hindus.

Deism

The belief that God did create the universe but that he takes no further interest in it.

Agnostics

People who claim that God's existence cannot be known.

Intellectual Proofs and Heart felt Proofs

by St. Thomas Aquinas-based on Aristotle

Unmoved mover

Whatever is in motion has had to be set into motion and God is that something

Transcendence

a trait of God that refers to God's total otherness and being infinitely beyond and independent of creation

Immanence

A trait of God which refers to God's intimate union with and total presence to his creation.

Doctor of the Church

A church writer of great learning and holiness whose works the church has highly recommended for studying and living the faith.

Covenant book def

The open-ended contract of love between God and human beings. Jesus' death and resurrection sealed God's new covenant of love for all time. Testament translates to covenant.

Covenant faith def

Covenant: a 100% - 100% agreement of promise between 2 or more parties one of whom is always God

Bible

The inspired word of God; the written record of revelation.

Sacred Tradition

The living transmission of the Church's gospel message found in the Church's teaching, life, and worship. It is faithfully preserved, handed on, and interpreted by the Church's Magisterium.

Dogma

a central truth of revelation that Catholics are obliged to believe

Yaweh

the sacred Hebrew name for God which means "I am who am"

Blessed Trinity

The central dogma of the Christian faith that there are three divine Persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in one God.

Abba

An Aramaic term of endearment meaning "Daddy." Jesus used this word to teach that God is a loving Father.

divine Providence

God's loving and watchful guidance over his creatures on their way to their final goal and perfection

Original Sin

The fallen state of human nature into which all generations of people are born

Original Holiness and Justice

The state of man and woman before sin. "From their friendship with God flowed the happiness of their existence in paradise" (CCC, 384).

Concupiscence

An inclination to commit sin that can be found in human desires and appetites as a result of original sin.

Noah's Covenant

God would never flood the world again

Abraham's Covenant

You will have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky and grains of sand on the beach. Symbol was Isaac his son.

Sinai covenant

You will be my people and I will be your God.

King David's Covenant

The messiah would come from his house. The symbol was Jesus

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