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Chapter 1

Chapter 1



accompanies chapter 1 in Didache series level 2 Understanding Catholicism

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