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Lesson 4

We Must Avoid Sin and Grow in Holiness

In this lesson your children will learn that sanctifying grace is God鈥檚 very life in our soul. Mortal sin destroys that life and leads to the death of the soul. But God in His mercy gives us countless opportunities to turn back onto the path of life. Children will also learn that the Church gives us five precepts or laws that show us the very minimum required to develop our spiritual lives and grow in love of God and of neighbor.

Lesson Vocabulary
  • Mercy
    Compassion, kindness, and forgiveness shown to others. God has infinite mercy for us. Jesus taught us to show mercy to others.
  • Sin
    (n.): A deliberate offense against God. A deliberate thought, word, deed, or omission contrary to the eternal law of God. It is a failure to love God and neighbor.
  • Mortal Sin
    (n.): Serious sin we choose to commit even though we know it is wrong. Mortal sin completely separates us from God, destroys His divine life within us, and rejects His love for us.
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