Introduction to Catholicism<br />Chapter 1: <br />The Call to Holiness<br />
Main Points<br />The history of the Church is the history of holiness.<br />During the Second Vatican Council, the call to holiness was affirmed in the Constitution on Church and in the Decree on the Laity<br />Every human is called to a life of holiness:<br />Leading a life of personal holiness is our purpose on earth and our way to heaven.<br />
The Life of Holiness<br />Begins with sacrament of Baptism<br />Baptism gives us sanctifying grace (a share in God’s life)<br />Prayer and the sacraments help us grow in holiness.<br />Christ is the model for a life of holiness.<br />
Signs of Christ’s Followers<br />We study Christ and try to be like him<br />We pray to God to know his will and follow it.<br />We use our gifts to serve God and our neighbor<br />We look for our neighbor so that we may serve him/her<br />We accept the crosses that come to us<br />
Growing in holiness<br />The sacraments, particularly Reconciliation and Eucharist, received regularly help us grow in holiness<br />Spiritual reading: the Gospels, writings of the Saints.<br />Choosing friends who want to grow in holiness and avoid sin<br />
Terms to know<br />Council: a formal meeting of Church leaders for the purpose of studying and clarifying the life and belief of the Church.<br />Decree on the Laity: Official Vatican II document that says all baptized are called to evangelize and grow in holiness.<br />Grace: the gift of God’s love for us.<br />Laity: non-ordained, baptized members of the Church.<br />
Terms<br />Martyr: one who endures death to be faithful to Christ.<br />Saint: person who is noted for holiness and heroic virtue<br />Sanctification: the process of becoming holy.<br />Spiritual reading: reading that leads is to prayer and unity with God.<br />
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