Life and Death Glossary

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Materialism
The belief that humans are purely physical beings with no supernatural dimension
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Metamorphosis
Natural 'form changing', as in the way a caterpillar becomes a butterfly
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Soul
The inner self of human beings that is believed to survive death
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Resurrection
The belief that Christians will mysteriously share in the bodily resurrection of Jesus
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Empty Tomb
The place where Jesus was laid after the crucifixion
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Parousia
The return, or Second Coming, of Christ
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Pyschosomatic
Humans are interconnected 'soul-body' creatures
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St Paul
A witness who met the risen Jesus and became Christianity's most important missionary
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Eschatology
From the Greek eschaton, meaning 'the end'
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Four Last Things
Traditional Catholic shorthand for 'death, judgement, heaven and hell'
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Death
The end of a human being's earthly life
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Heaven
A place of eternal happiness in communion with God
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Hell
A place of eternal unhappiness removed from the presence of God
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Purgatory
A place of preparation for eternal communion with God
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Beatific Vision
The joyful heavenly contemplation of God
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Assisted Suicide
Helping someone to end their own life
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Euthanasia
'Good death' - giving medication to end a life
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Hippocratic Oath
A pledge taken by doctors to help patients, based upon a Greek oath from the fifth century BC
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Last Rites
Absolution, annointing of the sick and communion given to those who are dying
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Palliative Care
Care of the dying which has dignity, comfort and pain relief as its core aims
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Apostolic Succession
The line of bishops dating back to the first apostles, called by Christ
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General Council
When all the Bishops are called together with the Pope to discuss and debate
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Magisterium
The teaching authority of the Church exercised by the Pope and the bishops
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Extraordinary Magisterium
A General Council or papal infallibility
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Papal Infallibility
In consultation with the Church, popes can pronounce definitively on matters of faith and morals
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Ordinary Magisterium
What the Church has always taught
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Vatican II
A council of Catholic bishops that met in Rome between 1962 and 1965 and reshaped aspects of Church life
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Dei Verbum
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
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Lumen Gentium
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
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Sacrosantum Concilium
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
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Gaudium et Spes
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern world
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Alpha and Omega
The beginning and the end of the Greek alphabet, standing in Christian artwork for Christ as the First and the Last
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Exsultet
The triumphant hymn sung at the Easter Vigil
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Paschal Candle
The large decorated candle first lit at the Easter Vigil
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Sarcophagus
A decorated box-like tomb in a Church or sacred place
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Plainchant
Muscial notation for unaccompanied voices
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Psalm
Hebrew poem or song of praise or lament in the Old Testament
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Pall
A cloth covering the coffin during the funeral Mass
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Requiem
An act of remembrance
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RIP
'Rest in peace'
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Adoration
Quiet contemplation and praise
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Extemporary
Personal prayer in your own words
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Formulaic
Set formulas of written prayers
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Intercession
Praying for needs of oneself or others
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Abba
Jewish, Aramaic familiar term for God as Father
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Lord's Prayer/Our Father
The prayer Jesus taught his disiples in Matthew 6:9-13
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Natural 'form changing', as in the way a caterpillar becomes a butterfly

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Metamorphosis

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The inner self of human beings that is believed to survive death

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The belief that Christians will mysteriously share in the bodily resurrection of Jesus

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The place where Jesus was laid after the crucifixion

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