The pattern of specific events in human history in which God clearly reveals his presence and saving actions. This was accomplished once and for all through Jesus Christ, a truth foreshadowed and revealed throughout the Old Testament.
A calling from God to fulfill a particular purpose or mission in life.
The ancient fathers of the Jewish people, whose stories are recounted in the Book of Genesis.
Prople who suffer death because of their beliefs. The Church has canonized many of these as saints.
The gift from God that allows us to choose between good and evil. Human freedom attains its perfection when directed toward God. It is the basis for moral responsibility.
Reign of God
The reign or rule of God over the hearts of people and, as a consequence of that, the development of a new social order based on unconditional love. The fullness of God's reign will not be recognized until the end of time. Also known as the Kingdom of God.
Written by human beings with the guidence of the Holy Spirit to teach without error those truths necessary for our salvation.
Someone who is not Jewish.
Based on the word for "good news" in general, anyone who actively works to spread the Gospel of Jesus; more commonly and specifically, the persons traditionally recognized as the authors of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Canon of Scripture
The list of the books of the Bible officially recognized as sacred inspired writings.
Writings that are not part of the canon.
The official, authorative teaching voice of the Church.
This word (from the latin, meaning "to hand on") refers to the process of passing on the Gospel message. Tradition, which began with the oral communication of the Gospel by the Apostles, was written down in Scripture, is handed down and lived out in the life of the Church, and is interpreted by the Magisterium under the guidence of the Holy Spirit.
The movement to restore untiy among all Christians, a untiy that is a gift of Christ and to which the church is called by the Holy Spirit.
The Church's efforts to build relations with other world religions, such as Judiasm and Islam.
A deceased Catholic's having been publicly and officially proclamed a saint.
Adjective indicating a religious order whose members rarely leave the monastery or convent that is their home.
Literally, "the study of God"; the academic discipline and effort to understand, interpret, and order our experience of God and the Christian faith.
Used when describing a phenomenon that is completely above the laws of nature. It is also beyond the powers of creation and is the result of God's gracious action.
The act or process by which God reveals Himself to us and shows us his plan for humanity.
Letter by the pope to the church on a specific topic.