Spiritual sloth. A form of spiritual laziness due to relaxed vigilance and a lack of custody of hte heart. This is one of the seven capital sins.
Worship. This is the humble acknowledgment by human beings that they are creatures of the thrice-holy Creator. By obeying the First Commandment, people acknowledge and respond to the Revelation of the glory and power of God.
The total repudiation of the Christian Faith. This is forbidden by the First Commandment and is against the theological virtue of faith.
A type of oath in which God is called upon as a witness to the truth of what is being said, as when a person takes an oath in court.
Words or insulting gestures against God, the Virgin Mary, the saints, or the Church.
The loss of hope in God because of doubt in his fidelity, care for people, or power to save a sinner. This is a sin against the theological virtue of hope.
The practice of foretelling future events or discovery of what is hidden, by supernatural or magical means. This is forbidden by the First Commandment.
The theological virtue by which one believes in all that God has said and revealed to man and that the Church proposes for belief.
The obstinate denial or obstinate doubt by a baptized person of some truth that must be believed with divine faith.
Hope is the theological virtue by which one desires the happiness of eternal life with God by placing his trust in Christ's promises and relying on the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Making no decision between conflicting parties or ideas. This leads to a refusal to reflect on the goodness and power of divine charity.
The refusal to acknowledge divine charity or return God's love.
Disrespect and, in many instances, mockery of God's goodness and sacred dignity. The more common sins of irreligion are tempting God, sacrilege, and simony.
Having little depth of feeling or zeal; indifference. A lukewarm person fails or hesitates to respond to divine love.
The pretended art of influencing the course of events and producing physical phenomena by processes attributed to spiritual beings.
Also called the Eucharist or Lord's Supper. This name is derived from the Latin dismissal of the faithful, "Ite, missa est." The principal sacramental celebration of the Church, established by Jesus at the Last Supper, in which the mystery of salvation through participation in the sacrificial Death and glorious Resurrection of Christ is renewed and accomplished.
The calling of God as a witness to the truth of what is being said.
To make a promise without any intention of completing it, or to lie under oath.
Form of prayer asking God to aid oneself or others.
The sin by which one expects salvation without personal effort or trusts solely in his efforts without God's aid.
A type of oath in which God is called upon as a witness to something that will be done in the future, as when a public official solemnly swears to fulfill the duties of his office.
A breach of the unity of the visible Church; the refusal to submit to the pope or be united with the Church in communion with him.
An irrational religious belief or practice founded on fear or ignorance. Various forms such as good-luck charms, omens, divination, and magic are forbidden by the First Commandment.
The sin against faith that disregards or refuses to hold what God has revealed as true.
A promise made freely and deliberately to God concerning something that is better than its opposite.
The shorthand initialism (Tetragrammaton) used by the Israelites for the name of God. "I AM WHO I AM," which out of great respect for God could not be uttered.