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anoint To anoint is to use oil to mark someone as chosen for a special purpose. In biblical times, the priests, the kings, and sometimes the prophets were anointed as a sign of God's favor.
apocalyptic literature Apocalyptic literature is a type of writing that claims to reveal what humans cannot see.
Apostolic succession Apostolic succession is the term used to describe how the authority and power to lead and teach the Church is passed down from the Apostles to their successors, the bishops.


consecrated life The consecrated life is a state of life lived in community and characterized by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.


Decalogue The Decalogue is the Ten Commandments, laws that God gave Moses. The first three commandments have to do with the relationship between God and the people. The other seven commandments help people respect one another.
domestic Church The family is called a domestic Church because it is the place where children first learn about God through the love, teaching, and good example of parents and other family members.


ecumenism Ecumenism is an organized effort to bring Christians together in cooperation as they look forward in hope to the restoration of the unity of the Christian Church.
epistles The epistles, or letters, were written by Paul and several of the other Apostles and disciples to new Christian communities that they established. There are twenty-one letters in the New Testament.
eternity Eternity is the time without end and new life beyond death.
evangelize To evangelize is to give witness to the faith by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to the world through words and actions.
Exodus The Exodus is the Israelites' journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land, accomplished and directed by God.


faithfulness Faithfulness is the loyalty and steadfastness that God shows to all humans, even when they sin. God's offer of friendship is never withdrawn.


intercessory prayer Intercessory prayer is a form of prayer in which you pray to God on behalf of another.


Last Supper The Last Supper was Jesus' celebration of the Passover meal, with the Apostles. During this supper, Jesus turned bread and wine into his Body and Blood.


Matrimony Matrimony is a Sacrament of Service in which a man and woman make a covenant of love with each other and with God.
ministry Ministry is the work of service by ordained ministers and, in certain circumstances, by lay people.
mortal sin Mortal sin is a very serious sin that turns someone completely away from God. The conditions of mortal sin are: the matter must be serious; the person must know that the sinful action is serious; and the person must freely choose to do the sinful action.


new creation The new creation is the future of justice, love, and peace promised by God, in which good will be rewarded and evil punished.
New Testament The New Testament is the second part of the Bible. It is about the story of Jesus, his followers, and the early Church.


Passover Passover is the Jewish holy day that celebrates God's leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
prophet A prophet is a messenger from God who speaks the truth and calls the people to justice.
Protestant Reformation The Protestant Reformation was a sixteenth-century religious separation from the Catholic Church that began with Martin Luther's preaching against errors he saw in the Church.
psalms The psalms are poems and hymns that were first used in the liturgy of the Israelites. Today the psalms are also prayed and sung in the public prayer of the Church.


Sabbath The Sabbath was the seventh day for the week in the Jewish calendar. It is still observed by Jews as a day of rest and prayer and worship.
sacramental seal The sacramental seal refers to the rule that a priest may not reveal anything that he hears in confession.
salvation Salvation is the loving action of God's forgiveness of sins and the restoration of friendship with him brought by Jesus.
schism A schism is a break or division.
Spiritual Works of Mercy Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions that care for the spiritual needs of others.


temptation Temptation is an attraction to sin, those actions and omissions that go against right reason and against God's law.
transfiguration The transfiguration is the revelation of Jesus in glory to the Apostles Peter, James, and John.


wisdom Wisdom is a gift from God that helps you understand his purpose and plan for your life.