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a way of addressing God the Father used by Jesus to call attention to his--and our---intimate relationship with his Heavenly Father. Abba means "my Father" or "our Father" in Aramaic.


someone who is on our side, to help us, strengthen us, and empower us for holiness. This is a description of the Holy Spirit


translation of the Hebrew word that means "so be it


the state of eternal happiness with God in Heaven






anointed one


literally the study of Christ; the systematic statement of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ, including his identity, mission, and saving work on earth.

Church Fathers

teachers and writers in the early Church, many of whom were bishops, whose teachings are a witness to the Apostolic Tradition


a personal, solemn promise of faithful love that involves mutual commitments and creates a sacred relationship


a short summary statement or profession of faith

Deus Caritas (God is Love)

Pope Benedict XBI's first encyclical

Divine economy

also known as the economy of salvation, this refers to God's eternal plan and his actions for the salvation of humanity


an official, authoritative teaching of the Church based on the Revelation of God

Ecumenical council

a worldwide gathering of Catholic bishops convened by the Pope to discuss and resolve issues and problems the Church is facing


a letter written by the Pope and sent to the whole Church and, at time, beyond the Church to the whole world; commonly focused on Church teaching regarding a particular issue or currently important matter.


this word refers to anything that will last for an indefinitely long period


having to do with the relationship of a child to his or her parents


to become flesh; specifically, God the Son assuming human nature. The incarnation means that Jesus, the son of God and second person of the Trinity, is both fully God and fully man


God saves

Last Judgment

the judgement of the human race by Jesus Christ at his second coming, as noted in the Nicene Creed. It is also called the Final Judgement


Hebrew word for anointed one. The equivalent Greek term is christos. Jesus is the Christ and the Messiah because he is the Anointed One.


the belief in and worship of one God.

Nicene Creed

the formal statement or profession of faith commonly recited during the Eucharist


in the scriptures the event in which the early followers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit. Today the Church celebrates this event on Pentecost Sunday, which occurs seven weeks after Easter Sunday


in Greek this word literally means "love of wisdom" it referst to the study of human existence using logical reasoning

Salvation history

the pattern of specific salvific events in human history that reveal God's presence and saving actions


to make holy


important holy days in the Catholic liturgical calendar, such as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and All Saints Day


the truth that God, although one, is three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit


God has always existed, without beginning or end

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