blessedness, especially the eternal
happiness of heaven, which is
described as the vision of God, or
entering into God’s rest by those
whom He makes “partakers of the
divine nature” (1024, 1721).
of Jesus in the Sermon on the
Mount on the meaning and way
to true happiness (cf.
6:20-23). These teachings reflect
the promises made to the chosen
people since Abraham; they
portray the countenance of Christ
and describe his charity. More-
over, by shedding light on the
actions and attitudes characteristic
of the Christian life, they describe
the vocation of all the faithful
Sacred Scripture: the
books which contain the truth
of God’s Revelation and were
composed by human authors
inspired by the Holy Spirit (105).
The Bible contains both the forty-
six books of the Old Testament
and the twenty-seven books of
the New Testament (120).
Testament; New Testament.
gift of the Holy Spirit which
assisted a human author to write a
biblical book so that it has God as
its author and teaches faithfully,
without error, the saving truth
that God has willed to be
consigned to us (105).
One who has received
the fullness of the Sacrament of
Holy Orders, which makes him a
member of the episcopal college
and a successor of the Apostles.
He is the shepherd of a particular
church entrusted to him (1557; cf.
or action involving contempt for
God or the Church, or persons
or things dedicated to God.
Blasphemy is directly opposed to
the second commandment (2148).
name given to the Holy Eucharist,
especially the consecrated
elements reserved in the
tabernacle for adoration, or for the
A blessing or
benediction is a prayer invoking
God’s power and care upon
some person, place, thing, or
undertaking. The prayer of
benediction acknowledges God
as the source of all blessing. Some
blessings confer a permanent
status: consecration of persons to
God, or setting things apart for
liturgical usage (1671, 2626).
BODY OF CHRIST:
human body which the Son
of God assumed through his
conception in the womb of Mary
and which is now glorified in
heaven (467, 476, 645). (2) This
same Body and Blood, together
with the soul and divinity,
of our Lord Jesus Christ are
sacramentally present in the
Eucharist under the appearances
of bread and wine (1374). (3) The
Church is called the (mystical)
Body of Christ because of the
intimate communion which Jesus
shares with his disciples; the
metaphor of a body, whose head
is Christ and whose members are
the faithful, provides an image
which keeps in focus both the
unity and the diversity of the
Church (787, 790, 1396).