The Holy SeeCatechism of the Catholic Church

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Faith
central mysteries of the, 234, 647, 2558
the Church as guardian of the, 171, 181, 507
deposit of the, 84-95, 173-75
dogmas of the, 88-90
education in the, 1656, 2225-26
education in the faith and catechesis, 4-6
of the faithful as the faith of the Church, received from the apostles, 949
perseverance in the faith and its defense, 162, 2088
proclamation, institution, and propagation of the, 3-10, 24, 91, 171, 425, 927, 935, 939
professing the faith as a duty and task, 2145, 2471-72
witness to the, 1816, 2220, 2473-74
See also Believing

as an act of belief
        "Analogy of faith," 114
        Baptism and, 1236, 1253-55
        Baptism, Confirmation, and the power to profess, 1270, 1305, 1319
        birth of, 683-84, 875
        Catechism of the Catholic Church and the doctrine of, 13-18, 23
        death for the sake of, 1281, 2473-74
        diversity of faith between spouses, 1633-37
        Eucharist as sum and summary of, 1327
        evil and the answer of, 309
        family as a community of, 2204
        as a gift of God, 153
        God and the things ordained by God as the object of, 150-52, 170, 178, 182, 206
        grounds of, 156, 651
        as a human act by no means contrary to freedom and human reason, 154-55
        idolatry as a temptation to, 2113
        motives of, 156
        Muslims and faith in the one God, 841
        prayer of, 2570, 2610-11, 2613, 2616
        science and, 159
        significance of, 26, 142-43, 150
        sins against, 2088-89
        supernatural sense of, 91-93, 889, 904
        temptations and difficulties on the path of, 164
        test of doubt, 644, 1381, 2088-89
        as a theological virtue, 1813-16
        ultimate trial of, 675
        See also Believing

aids to teaching the faith
        awareness of God's almighty power, 274
        bishops as teachers of the, 12, 888, 2034
        catechumenate and initiation into the, 1247-48
        the Catholic Church as educator in the, 168-69, 197, 868, 1124
        defending and spreading the, 1285
        example of Abraham, 144-45
        example of Mary, 148-49
        example of our ancestors, 147
        Holy Spirit, 1098, 1520
        Law, 1963
        liturgy, 1083, 1204, 1206
        Magisterium, 890, 892
        sacraments, 1123, 1305
        sacred images, 1192
        witness of Christian life, 2044
        Word of God, 131, 1102, 1122, 1154

creeds and formulas of belief
        Apostles' Creed, 194
        baptismal profession, 189
        language of faith, 170-71, 185
        Nicene Creed, 195
        parts and articles of the Creed, 190-91
        significance of the Creed, 186-88, 197

effects of faith
        acceptance and understanding of Revelation, 99, 158
        access to the 
                Eucharistic mystery, 1381
                mystery of Christ's Resurrection, 1000
                mystery of the Church, 770, 779, 812
                mystery of death, 1006
        awareness of one's dignity, 1692
        belonging to the People of God, 782
        confirmed communion of spouses, 1644
        divine concession to those who ask, 548
        embodiment of Christ, 818
        embracing God's almighty power, 273
        good conscience and charity, 1794
        knowledge of God, 2614
        moral discretion, 2038
        one Church in one faith, 818-19
        question of evil, 309, 324
        repentance, 1492
        sharing in Christ's prophetic office, 785
        source of moral life, 2087, 2716
        source of prayer and help, 2656, 2662, 2754

obedience of faith
        hearing God's Word and, 2716
        Mary and, 144, 494
        as the principal moral obligation, 2087
        significance of, 143-44

properties and nature of faith
        acts contrary neither to freedom nor to human reason, 154-55, 180
        beginning of eternal life, 163-65
        certitude of, 157
        freedom of, 160
        full assent to God, 143, 155, 176, 2609
        grace given by God, 153, 162, 179, 298, 2005
        man's response to God's gift, 142
        necessity of, 161, 183, 846
        only one, 172-75, 866
        perseverance in, 162
        personal act and witness to others, 166
        understanding and growth in, 94-95, 156-59, 176

Fall
account in Genesis of man's, 289, 390
cause of man's, 215, 385
cause and origin of the fall of the angels, 391-93, 760
God did not abandon man after the, 55, 70, 410
See also Original sin

Fame. See Notoriety or "newspaper fame"

Family
baptismal priesthood, 1657
children's respect for their parents, 2214-20
Christian, 2204-06
Church as the family of God, of Christ, 1, 759, 764, 959, 1655, 2233
dangers that threaten, 2436
as the domestic Church, 1655-58, 1666, 2204-05, 2685
duties of children in, 2214-20
duties of parents in, 2221-26
education of one's, 1914
education of and respect for children, 2221-24, 2228-30
evangelization of children, 2225-26
family's duties toward the young and the old, 2208
and the fourth commandment, 2197-200
God's, 2232
in God's plan, 2201-03
as the image of the Trinity, 2205
Jesus', 533, 564
and the Kingdom of God, 2232
large families as a sign of God's blessing, 2373
make-up, nature, and purpose of, 2201-03, 2249, 2363
offenses against the, 2390
openness of the family to fertility, 1652-54
as the original cell of social life, 1882, 2207
parents' rights in, 2229-30
persons without a, 1658
prayer in, 2183, 2685, 2691, 2834
preparation for establishing, 1632
as a privileged community, 2206
as a reflection of the Father's creative work, 2205
respect for the vocation of children, 2232-33
right to establish, 1908
social defense of, 2209-11
Sunday dedication to one's, 2186
See also Marriage (Matrimony)

Fasting
as the evangelical Law, 1969
as a form of penance, 1434, 1438, 2043
as preparation for receiving Communion, 1387

Father. See Fatherhood
first Person of the Trinity, 198
God the, 232-60
significance of the invocation of, 238-39

actions of God the Father
        Christ, the Word of God, 65
        the cry "Abba! Father!" 742, 2777
        dialogue between God and men, 104
        God the merciful, 1439, 1449
        God, the one Father of all men, 172, 239-40
        plan of, 759
        providence and the love of God the Father towards all men, 17, 305
        relation between God the Father and Jesus Christ, 151, 242, 454, 465, 467, 473, 482, 503, 532, 536, 590, 859, 1224
        relation between the Holy Spirit and, 689, 703, 729
        Revelation of, 79, 516
        as the source and goal of the liturgy, 1077-83
        source and origin of the whole divinity, 245-46, 248
        toward men, 219, 443, 845, 1050, 1153, 2466, 2714
        toward the Son Jesus, 648
        Trinity and, 253-55, 258
        will of, 541

man's actions toward God the Father
        doing the will of, 2603, 2611
        man's access to, 51, 683, 1204
        prayers to be poured forth to, 434, 1109, 1352-53, 2605
        praying to God the Father, 1695, 2564, 2601, 2610, 2613, 2664, 2735-36, 2742 (see also "Our Father," the prayer)
        thanksgiving and praise to, 1359-61

Fatherhood
divine fatherhood as the source of human, 2214
of God, 239, 270 (see also God)
responsible, 2368
spouses share in fatherhood of God, 2367

Fathers of the Church, 11, 688

Faults
abortion, cooperation, and, 2272
acknowledgement of, 827, 1455, 1847
Adam's fault and its consequences, 390, 402-03
against chastity, 2352, 2354-55
against justice and truth, 2477, 2480-81, 2485, 2487, 2509
of atheism, 2125
Christ's death and the faults of man, 580, 598
civil punishment and, 2266
confession of, 1458, 1493
conscience and, 1781, 1784, 1801
dissensions in the Church and among men, 817
erroneous judgment and, 1791
forgiveness given for every, 978, 982, 1502, 1847
forgiveness of, 1031, 1425, 1436, 1452
gravity of, 1861, 2073
intentional homicide and, 2269
legitimate defense and, 2264
Mary, free from original sin, 966
penance and sins, 1435, 1459
reparation for, 2487
reputation, respect for it, and, 2477
of scandal, 2284, 2287, 2326
unintentional ignorance and, 1860
See also Sin(s)

Fear
among the principal passions, 1772
of eternal damnation, 1453
of evil, 1765
evoked by God's presence, 2144
of God as the foundation of respect for one's parents, 2217
of God as a gift of the Spirit, 1303, 1831
of God inspired by the message of the Last Judgment, 1041

Feast days
Easter as the "Feast of feasts," 1169
Eucharist and, 1389, 1391, 2042
feasts of the Jews and Jesus, 583
heavenly liturgy as feast, 1136
preparation for the liturgical feasts, 2043
sanctifying holy days, 2180, 2187-88, 2193
Sunday as the first of all days and of all feasts, 2174

Fecundity
Christ gives spiritual fruitfulness to lives, 755, 864, 2074
extension of the fecundity of conjugal love, 2221, 2363
of marriage, 2366-72
as an obligation of conjugal love, 2363
Openness to the transmission of life in marriage, 372, 1604, 1642-43, 1652-54, 1662, 1664
significance of human, 2335, 2398

Fidelity
"Amen" as an expression of, 1062
of the baptized, 2044
to Christ in participation in the Eucharist, 2182
the Church's, 1117, 1342
Divine, 207, 212, 214, 489, 1062-63, 1334, 2577
to God, 1502, 2101, 2787
to God's Word, 81, 86, 2466

Fire
eternal, 1034-35
of love, 2671, 2717, 2785
purifying, 1031
as the symbol of the Holy Spirit, 696
symbolic meaning of, 1147, 1189

First-fruits
Christ as first-fruits of the dead, 655
fruits of the Holy Spirit as first-fruits of eternal glory, 1832
Magi as first-fruits of the nations, 528
Mary as first-fruits of the Church, 972

Flesh
Christ the Word made manifest in, 51, 423, 461, 476-77
Christ's flesh as the food of life, 728, 787, 1384, 1391, 1406, 1524
lust of, 2514, 2520
man and woman, one flesh, 372, 1605, 1616, 1627, 1642, 2364
resurrection of, 988, 990, 996, 1017
struggle between flesh and the spirit, 1819, 1846, 2116
is weak, 2733
works of, 1852

Flock
Church as, 754, 764
shepherds of, 861, 881, 893, 1548, 1575, 1586

Flood
prefiguration of Baptism, 1094, 1219
Following Christ, 520, 618
in consecrated life, 916, 918, 923, 932, 1618
effects of, 1694
as the first vocation of a Christian, 2232, 2253
as a form of penance, 1435
in the spirit of truth, 2466

Foreigner, 2241

Forgiveness
asking for forgiveness in prayer, 1425, 2631, 2838-45
conversion and, 2608
is denied to the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, 1864
family as a school for granting, 1657, 2227
God's forgiveness as a sign of His omnipotence, 277
God's grace as the origin of, 2010
must be given to whoever trespasses against us, 2840, 2845
only God grants, 1441
power of, 981
sacraments as ways to receive, 987, 2839
See also Penance and Reconciliation

forgiveness of sins
        of all sins is possible, 982
        Baptism and, 403, 977-80, 1226, 1263
        Christ brings about, 987, 1741
        Christ justifies men, 615, 1708
        Christ, the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," 523, 536, 608
        Christ, "satisfaction for our sins," 615, 1708
        the Church's power to forgive sins, 981
        different ways to obtain, 1434, 1437, 1452
        as an effect of justification, 2018
        effects of, 1443, 1473
        Eucharist and, 1393, 1846
        forms of penance and ways to obtain, 1434-39
        God alone can forgive sins, 430-31, 1441
        as God's gift of love, 734
        Holy Spirit and, 984
        offering of Christ to the Father for our sins, 606-18
        for our sake God made Christ to be sin, 602-03
        priests as instruments to forgive sins, 1421, 1486, 1520
        as reconciliation with the Church, 1443
        and the sacrament of Penance, 1496
        sacrifice of Christ for the remission of the sins of man, 536, 545, 610, 613

Formation
catechetical, 906
of catechumens, 1248
of conscience, 1783-85
of evangelizers, 428
in prayer, 2686
social communications media and, 2493
spiritual formation of children, 2221

Formulas
of absolution, 1449, 1481
catechetical formula of the Commandments, after 2051
of the Decalogue, 2065
origin of Christian prayer formularies, 1096
of the profession of faith, 170

Fornication
definition of, 2353
immorality of, 1755, 1852, 2353

Fortitude
as a cardinal virtue, 1805, 1808
as a gift of the Holy Spirit, 712, 1303, 1831
imploring of the Spirit of strength, 2846

Fraternal correction
charity and, 1829
conversion and, 1435

Fraternity
brotherhood among priests, 1568
consecrated life and, 925, 929
dangers that disrupt neighborly fellowship, 1740
educating in, 2207
established by popular piety, 1676
solidarity as demands of human and Christian brotherhood, 1939

Fraud
condemnation of, 1916, 2409
root of, 2534
scandal through encouraging, 2286

Freedom
conditions for guaranteeing, 2223, 2236, 2402
to contract marriage, 1625
dangers threatening, 1740, 1883
definition of, 1731
earthly power and personal, 450
education for, 2207, 2223, 2228, 2526
education of conscience promotes, 1748
of the family, 2211
of information and communication, 2304, 2498
of man, 33, 387, 1700, 1730-48
political, 2245
practice of a moral life gives, 1828
religious, 1907, 2107-09, 2211
right to the exercise of, 1738, 1782, 2008
significance of human, 1705
truth as a gift of, 1741
freedom and responsibility, 1731-38
        consequences of the use of, 1733-34
        and the possibility of choosing between good and evil, 1732
        right to exercise freedom, 1738, 1907, 2254
        violation of personal, 2356, 2492
        will and, 1734-35

freedom in the Economy of Salvation
        of faith, 154, 160, 180
        given to us by Christ, 908, 1741
        God creates freely "out of nothing," 296
        God's respect for human freedom, 311, 1884
        Grace does not rival human freedom, 1742, 1993, 2008
        Jesus' freedom in obeying the Father, 609-10, 1009, 2749
        limits of, 396-450
        and original sin, 397, 407, 415, 1707, 1714, 1739
        and sin, 387, 601, 654, 1739, 1741, 1853, 1859
        of the Virgin Mary, 488, 511

Friend
Christ, friend of man, 1972
God, friend of man, 142, 2063, 2576
laying down one's life for one's, 609

Friendship
as an aid to the homosexual, 2359
between Christ and man, 1395, 2665
between God and man, 55, 277, 355, 374, 384, 396, 1023, 1030, 1468, 1863, 2709
charity, harmony, and, 1829, 1939
chastity developed and expressed in, 2347
is no excuse for insults against the truth, 2480

Fulfillment
Mary and the fulfillment of the Lord's words, 148-49, 2676
of the Old Law, 580
of the precepts of justice, 2411
Resurrection and the fulfillment of hope, 992

Fullness
charity as fullness of the law, 2055
of Christ, 423, 515
Christ as the fullness of the moral law, 1953
Christ as the mediator and fullness of all Revelation, 65-67
of the Christian life, 5, 2013
evangelical counsels as fullness of charity, 1974
of the Kingdom of God, 1042
of the means of salvation, 824
prayer in the fullness of time, 2598-619
of time, 422, 484, 717-30, 744, 2598-619

Funerals
of children who have died without Baptism, 1261
Christian, 1680-90
See also Deceased

Future
of humanity, 1917
knowledge of, 2115

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