A term with roots from the Latin Pontifex, which translates "bridge-builder". Originally the term was associated with the highest leaders of any religion; now the term is reserved almost exclusively for the Pope.
from the word for "blessed,'' this term refers to a person who has been declared by the Church to have the ability to intercede for those who pray in his or her name. Beatification is a step toward the canonized sainthood.
God's gift of friendship and life that enables us to share his life and love. Grace introduces us to the intimacy of life with the Blessed Trinity.
One of the two mountains in the immediate vicinity of the West Bank city of Nablus. The mountain is sacred to the Samaritans, who believe it to be the location chosen by YHWH for a holy temple. The mountain continues to be the center of Samaritan religion to this day.
the name for a fallen angel who refused to accept God or his Kingdom. Another word for the devil is Satan, or the "Evil One." The devil and other demons were at first good angels but became evil due to their own choices and actions.
eternal separation from God that results in a person's dying after freely and deliberately acting against God's will (that is, not repenting of mortal sin.)
Sermon on the Mount
A section in Mathew's Gospel (Mt 5:1-7:29) in which Jesus delivers the first of five discourses recorded in the Gospel. It begins with the sharing of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are also found in the Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6:20-26
a trait of God that refers to his total otherness and being infinitely beyond and independent of creation.
the disordered desire for inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure (CCC, 2351)
oaths are solemn, formal declarations of promise. They are false when an oath is contrary to a person's dignity or communion with the Church.
described by Jesus and recorded in Mathew 7:12 "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you."