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glorification, and his Church’s

beginnings under the Spirit’s

guidance (124, 514).

GOSPEL, LAW OF THE:

The

New Law, prepared for by the

Old Law in the time of the Old

Covenant, is the perfection here

on earth of the divine law, natural

and revealed. It is the work of

Christ, expressed particularly in

the Sermon on the Mount, and of

the Holy Spirit, by whose grace it

becomes for us the interior law of

charity (1965).

GRACE:

The free and undeserved

gift that God gives us to respond

to our vocation to become his

adopted children. As sanctifying

grace, God shares his divine

life and friendship with us in

a habitual gift, a stable and

supernatural disposition that

enables the soul to live with God,

to act by his love. As actual grace,

God gives us the help to conform

our lives to his will. Sacramental

grace and special graces

(charisms, the grace of one’s state

of life) are gifts of the Holy Spirit

to help us live out our Christian

vocation (1996, 2000; cf. 654).

GUARDIAN ANGELS:

Angels

assigned to protect and intercede

for each person (336).

See

Angel.

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HAIL MARY:

The prayer known

in Latin as the

Ave Maria.

The

first part of the prayer praises

God for the gifts he gave to Mary

as Mother of the Redeemer; the

second part seeks her maternal

intercession for the members of

the Body of Christ, the Church, of

which she is the Mother (2676).

HAPPINESS:

Joy and beatitude

over receiving the fulfillment

of our vocation as creatures: a

sharing in the divine nature and

the vision of God. God put us into

the world to know, love, and serve

him, and so come to the happiness

of paradise (1720).

HEAVEN:

Eternal life with God;

communion of life and love with

the Trinity and all the blessed.

Heaven is the state of supreme

and definitive happiness, the

goal of the deepest longings of

humanity (1023).

HELL:

The state of definitive self-

exclusion from communion with

God and the blessed, reserved for

those who refuse by their own free

choice to believe and be converted

from sin, even to the end of their

lives (1033).

HERESY:

The obstinate denial

after Baptism of a truth which

must be believed with divine and

Catholic faith (2089; cf. 465).

HERMIT:

One who lives the

eremitical life. Through silence

and solitude, in prayer and

penance, the hermit or anchorite

vows, although not necessarily

publicly, to follow the evangelical

counsels out of love for God and

desire for the salvation of the

world (920).

HIERARCHY:

The Apostles and

their successors, the college of

bishops, to whom Christ gave the

authority to teach, sanctify, and

rule the Church in his name (873).

HIERARCHY OF TRUTHS:

The

order (hierarchy) of the truths

in Catholic doctrine, insofar as

they vary in their relation to the

central mystery and foundation of