The capacity to choose among alternatives. "The power, rooted in reason and will...to preform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility"
The quality of being worthy of esteem and respect.
The fallen state of human nature into which all generations of people are born. Christ Jesus came to save us from this.
An offense against God through a violation of truth, reason, and conscience. It is a deliberate thought, word, deed, or omission against the eternal law of God.
The role of caretaker and faithful steward given by God to our first parents, Adam and Eve. All human beings inherit the responsibility to be good and loving caretakers of the world, its resources, and its creatures.
The sum total of social conditions that allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.
A Christian virtue of charity and friendship whereby members of the human family share material and spiritual goods.
The weakness or inclination in human beings to sin, individually and collectively.
A Greek word for "repentance" or a turning away from sin with the intention of living a life of virtue and holiness.
Beatitude means "supreme happiness". The eight Beatitudes preached by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount responded to our natural desire for happiness.
A follower of Jesus. The word comes from a Latin word that means "learner."
Precepts of the Church
Rules Catholics follow to help them become good and moral people. They include attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, confessing sins at least once a year, receiving Communion at minimum during the Easter season, observing days of fasting and abstinence, and providing for the needs of the Church.
A Greek word that describes brotherly love, or a life-long affection between friends.
A Greek word that describes love among family members.
A Greek love that describes sexual love and attraction.
A Greek word that describes a self-sacrficing kind of love; the love that Jesus showed to all.
Works of Mercy
Charitable actions that remind us how to come to the aid of a neighbor and his or her bodily and spiritual necessities.
Conversation with God; lifting of one's mind and heart to God or requesting good things from him; joining one's thoughts and love to God in adoration and blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.
A form of personal prayer in which the person prays to God in his or her own words.
A form of prayer whereby we acknowledge God and his goodness and glorify him for who he is.
A form of prayer where we ask for something.
A form of prayer that involves expressing gratitude or thanks to God for all that he gives to and for us.
A form of prayer in which we ask God to forgive our sins.
A prayer of petition for the sake of others.
A form of prayer where the mind and imagination focus of Christ or some truth of Divine Revelation with the purpose of applying the lessons we learn to our lives.
A form of silent wordless prayer in which mind and heart rest in God's goodness and majesty.