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Glossary

of the Blessed Trinity is called

Son of God in reference to the

Eternal Father. The revelation of

his divine sonship is the principal

dramatic development of the story

of Jesus of Nazareth (441-445).

SON OF MAN:

The title used by

our Lord of himself in the Gospel.

This title connotes a relationship

with the eschatological figure of

the “Son of man appearing in

clouds and glory” in the prophecy

of Daniel (

Mk

13:26;

Dn

7:13) (440;

cf. 661).

SOUL:

The spiritual principle

of human beings. The soul is the

subject of human consciousness

and freedom; soul and body

together form one unique

human nature. Each human

soul is individual and immortal,

immediately created by God. The

soul does not die with the body,

from which it is separated by

death, and with which it will be

reunited in the final resurrection

(363, 366; cf. 1703).

SPIRIT:

See

Holy Spirit.

STEALING/THEFT:

Unjustly

taking and keeping the property

of another, against the reasonable

will of the owner (2408). Stealing

is a violation of the seventh

commandment of God, “You shall

not steal.”

SUICIDE:

The willful taking of

one’s own life; a grievous sin

against the fifth commandment.

A human person is neither the

author nor the supreme arbiter of

his life, of which God is sovereign

master (2280).

SUNDAY:

The “Lord’s Day,”

the principal day of the week

for the Eucharistic celebration of

the Church. Each Sunday Mass

commemorates the resurrection of

Christ on the first Easter Sunday,

and is a reminder of the first day

of creation for those who have

become a “new creation in Christ”

(1166, 2174, 2180).

SUPERNATURAL:

Surpassing

the power of created beings; a

result of God’s gracious initiative.

Our vocation to eternal life is

supernatural (1998; cf. 1722).

SUPERSTITION:

The attribution

of a kind of magical power to

certain practices or objects, like

charms or omens. Reliance on

such power, rather than on trust

in God, constitutes an offense

against the honor due to God

alone, as required by the first

commandment (2110).

SYNOD:

Ameeting of bishops

of an ecclesiastical province or

patriarchate (or even from the

whole world, e.g., Synod of

Bishops) to discuss the doctrinal

and pastoral needs of the church.

A

diocesan

synod is an assembly

of priests and other members

of Christ’s faithful who assist

the bishop by offering advice

about the needs of the diocese

and by proposing legislation

for him to enact (887, 911). The

words “synod” and “council” are

sometimes used interchangeably.

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TABERNACLE:

The receptacle

in the church in which the

consecrated Eucharist is reserved

for Communion for the sick

and dying. Reservation of the

Eucharist in the tabernacle lends

itself to private devotional visits

and adoration of our Lord in the

Blessed Sacrament by the faithful

(1183, 1379).