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include instructing, advising,

consoling, comforting, forgiving,

and patiently forbearing. Corporal

works of mercy include feeding

the hungry, clothing the naked,

visiting the sick and imprisoned,

sheltering the homeless, and

burying the dead (2447).


Creation, or the earth,

or even the universe. “All that

is” —often called the “world”

in Scripture—owes its existence

to God’s act of creation; God’s

creation is called “good” in the

Bible, and human beings are said

to have been created “in his own

image and likeness” (282, 295). In

the New Testament the “world”

is sometimes used to indicate the

forces of opposition to the work

of Jesus and of his Holy Spirit. In

this sense it signifies the world

which Jesus came to redeem from

sin. The world will reach its goal

and perfection when it has been

renewed and transformed into

“the new heaven and the new

earth” in the fullness of God’s

kingdom (1043).


Adoration and honor

given to God, which is the first

act of the virtue of religion (2096).

Public worship is given to God in

the Church by the celebration of

the Paschal Mystery of Christ in

the liturgy (1067).



The personal

name of the God of Israel,

revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai,

meaning “I am who I am” (205).