This supernatural, free, and undeserved help from God that is given for specific circumstances to do good and avoid evil.
Outside the sphere of moral sense; an attitude that lacks any moral orientation, dispensing from all moral norms; attitudes or orientations not characterized as either good or evil.
Happiness or blessedness, especially the eternal happiness of Heaven, which is the vision of God and a participation in the divine nature. This is the greatest human desire.
Moral norms to be followed because a Christian is incorporated into Christ through Baptism.
God's call to each person by which he is incorporated into Christ through grace and becomes a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. As one of God's people, he partakes in the life of the Church.
A name derived from Christ, the Anointed One. The set of beliefs, practices, and morals in imitation of and commanded by Jesus Christ.
From the Latin verb DISCERE, to learn. One who accepts Jesus message to follow him, especially one of the 12; this term can also refer to a Christian of any age because he is a follower of Christ.
A letter written by the people to all of the worlds bishops and occasionally to all the faithful. It usually expounds on some aspect of Church teaching.
The power rooted in reason and the will, to act or not to act, and so to perform deliberate actions on ones own responsibility.
This gift from God includes the power of directing ones own actions without constraint. This makes possible the choice to love God.
The free and unmerited favor of God given first of all through the sacraments. A share in the divine life infused into the soul by the Holy Spirit to heal from sin and to sanctify.
Spiritual perfection or purity because of likeness unto God who is perfectly Holy. Also referred to as sanctity, saintliness, and sacredness.
A quality, character, or conduct in violation of moral law.
Immunity from error and any possibility of error. The pope enjoys this charism by virtue of his office.
Law of Christ
An interior law that stems from grace - in connection with the life in Jesus - and becomes a norm or impulse for imitating Christ and acting like him.
The theological virtue by which a Christian loves God above all things for His own sake, and loves his neighbor as himself for the love of God.
Latin name for the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. A key document from the Second Vatican Council.
The belief that matter is the only reality and that pleasure, comfort, and or wealth are the highest goods.
The view that there is no absolute or universal moral law or truth, resulting in a morality determined by cultural factors or personal preference.
Revelation that comes from God and applies to all. The truths about God and his will, which he has communicated freely to humanity through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
The teaching office of the Church comprised of the pope and the bishops.
The standards by which we judge our actions to be good or evil.
The objective standards authored by God and taught by Church authority.
A science that accepts and examines Divine Revelation as it responds to the demands of human reason.
The objective order, established by God, that determines the requirements for humans to strive for and reach fulfillment.
The sin committed by Adam and Eve.
A moral code that prescribes what ought to be done.
The intellectual power or faculty that is ordinarily employed by man in adapting thought or action to some end. The guiding principle of the human mind in the process of thinking.
The Word of God entrusted to the Apostles and their successors by Christ and the Holy Spirit, and transmitted by their teaching to each generation of Christians.
The share of the Divine Life of God infused into us at Baptism.
A system of doctrines and practices that rejects any form of religious faith and worship.
Sins of Omission
Failure to do what is known to be good, right, or required.
Virtues infused at Baptism that enable us to share in Gods divine nature.
Latin title for Splendor of Truth, the 1993 encyclical of Pope John Paul II that explored the fundamental questions of Catholic moral teaching.
A habitual and firm disposition to do good.