Happiness (n.): The state of joy reached through obtaining the good we seek.
(n.): The achievement of a person’s, object’s or action’s end or purpose.
(n.): Supreme blessedness or happiness
(n.): The common bonds of mutual goodwill that
hold persons together. There are three types of friendship: 1) friendship of utility, 2) friendship of pleasure, 3) and friendship of virtue. Friendship not only binds together individuals, but also communities and states.
(n.): A man and woman united in marriage, together with their children: a communion of persons who are a sign and image of the Holy Trinity. The family is the original cell of social life, in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life, and to dedicate themselves to the education of
their children in morality, honor of God, and the proper use of their freedom.
(n.): The capital sin of sadness at the sight of another’s goods and the immoderate desire to acquire them for oneself, even unjustly. It is distinct from jealousy, where one feels righteous indignation at the usurpation of what is rightly one’s own.
(n.): A nation or state directed toward the common good of its members whose powers are derived
from the consent of the people and is exercised by a representative government.
The Common Good
(n.): The sum total of social conditions that allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.
(n.): A philosophy that advocates for a primacy of individual choice to the exclusion of any other considerations necessary to the well-being of
the community (or the common good).
A political and social philosophy in which
the rights and freedom
of the individual are subordinate to the group. It denies human dignity because a person’s value is determined by his relationship to the group instead of recognized
for his inherent worth as being made in the image and likeness of God.
Form of government
that assumes complete, dictatorial control
over its peoples’ lives, suppresses dissent and opposition, and subsumes the individual to the authority of the State.
The most extreme form of authoritarianism.
(n.): That which directs something or someone toward its final purpose, or helps it function in accord with that purpose.
Mystical Body of Christ
(n.): Another name for the Church. Just as a body has many parts, so too does the Church have many members. Each of us plays a specific and important role in the Body of Christ. Together we continue Christ’s work in the world as His hands and feet.
(n.): The act of reclaiming someone or something in exchange for payment of a debt. Jesus won our redemption from sin by His Death and Resurrection, paying the price for our sins with His life.
(n.): Humans’ participation in the eternal law by reading what is written upon our hearts through the use of our reason. It is unchanging and permanent throughout history
(n.): Interactions between the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian churches and ecclesiatical communities aimed at bringing
about greater mutual understanding and, ultimately, Christian unity.
(n.): The theological virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.