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Magic, 2115-17

Magisterium
authority and continuous succession of, 77, 88
of the Church and its pastors, 85-87, 888-92
connection between sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and, 95
infallibility of, 2035
mission and office of, 890
moral life and, 2032, 2036
ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops, 2034
of the pastors of the Church, 2033 

Man
as the author, center, and goal of economic and social life, 2459
dependent on the Creator, 396
in the earthly paradise, 374-79
happy only in God, 1057
a man and a woman, 369, 371-72, 383, 400, 1605-06
as a moral subject, 1749
mystery of man becomes clear in the mystery of the Word, 359
"new man," 1473, 2475
not abandoned by God after the fall, 410
sin as an offense against human nature, 1849
ultimate end of, 260, 356, 1024

consequences from the sin of man, 399-400
        all are implicated in Adam's sin, 402-03
        commonality of destiny of the material world and of man, 1046
        condition of weakness and insignificance, 208, 396, 150, 2448
        death entered the world, 1008
        destroyed harmony of creation, 400
        human nature wounded, 405
        invasion of sin into the world, 401
        man deprived of God's likeness, 705
        man injured by the work of Satan, 395
        man subject to error and inclined to evil, 1714
        original sin and man's abuse of freedom, 396-401
        presence of sin already at our birth, 403
        rupture of the original communion, 1607
        struggle between the spirit and the flesh, 2516

dignity
        communion with God as the reason for man's, 27, 357, 1700
        of creatures cooperating with God, 306-08
        equal dignity of a man and a woman, 2393
        manifested in moral life, 1706 
        requires man to act out of conscience and free choice, 2339
        right to exercise freedom as a requirement inseparable from, 1738
        as the source of human rights, 1930
        wounded by sin, 1487

equality and diversity of men
        all men have the same nature and the same origin and end, 1934
        diversity of talent, 1936-37
        human dignity as the foundation of equality, 1935, 1945
        unjust inequalities, 1938

in the image and likeness of God
        before and after Christ's Redemption, 1701
        created in God's image, 225, 356-61, 1702, 2713
        restoration of likeness with God, 705, 2809

man and humanity
        mutual need of all men, 361, 1947-48
        origin and common end of humanity, 842
        unity of the human race, 360

man and vocation,
        call to
                enter the Kingdom, 543
                eternal life, 1998
                form the new people of God, 804, 831
                God as the common call of all men, 1878
                life in the Holy Spirit, 1699
                love, 1604
                marriage, 1603
                union with Christ, 521, 542
        divine call as the ultimate call, 1260
        See also Vocation

man in creation
        creatures' interdependence willed by God, 340
        God creates everything for man, 358
        hierarchy of creatures, 342
        laws of creation must be respected by man, 346
        man as the only creature worthy to receive a law from God, 1951
        man's importance in creation, 343, 355
        man's respect for creatures, 339
        man's responsibility for the world, 373
        original harmony, 374-79, 384

man as a creature
        created by God's love, 1, 315, 1604
        created to know and love God and to serve Him, 358
        endowed with intelligence and free will, 311, 396
        endowed with reason, 1704
        made of body and soul, 327, 355, 362-65, 383
        "Male and female he created them," 1605, 2203, 2331, 2334
        was created good, 374

man's special features and his ways of acting
        always fighting with evil, 409
        comes to a knowledge of God by knowing nature, 32, 46
        desires happiness, 1718
        gifted with 
                freedom as a sign of the divine image, 1705, 1730
                reason and will to seek and love what is true and good, 1704
                a spiritual and immortal soul, 1703
        led naturally toward the truth, 2467
        listens to the voice of conscience, 1706, 1713
        moved to do good, 1706-07
        in need of divine help and salvation, 1949, 2090
        in need of social life, 1879-80
        perfections resonating something of the infinite perfection of God, 370
        as a religious being, 28, 44-45
        tending naturally toward the virtues, 1803-04
        See also Sexuality

relations between God and man
        communion with God in the Church, 773
        faith as adherence of the whole man to God, 176
        faith as man's free response, 160, 307
        God has first place in the profession of faith, 199
        inequality between God and man is without measure, 2007
        Jesus the one intercessor with God on behalf of all, 2634
        man rejecting God, 29, 398, 1739
        prayer as relationship between God and man, 2564
        submission of men to God, 143, 154, 341, 2712

rights of man
        to act on one's conscience and freely, 1782
        to choose a school, 2229
        to freedom of religion, 2106
        to a good reputation, 2479, 2507

seeks God
        always seeking God and His will, 2566, 2826
        difficulty of knowing God by the light of reason alone, 37
        distinctive inquiry of God, 285
        God calls man first, 2567
        God does not cease to call man, 30
        God speaks in human words, 101, 109
        men in the course of history seeking God in many ways, 28, 31, 34, 285
        by reason, 36, 50
        in revelation, 35, 50, 52
        ways of seeking God, 31, 34

sexuality (see Marriage (Matrimony); Sexuality)

Manifestation
of the coming of God's kingdom, 570
of God and His goodness, power, and beauty, 294, 707, 2519
of the Holy Spirit, 697, 951
of Jesus Christ, 486, 528, 535, 639, 660, 1224

Manna, 1094, 1334

Many, 605. See also Redemption

Marana tha, 451

Marriage (Matrimony)
bond is perpetual and exclusive, 1638
conjugal fidelity, 1646, 1648-49, 2364
consummation of, 1640
divorce of separated persons about to remarry civilly, 1650
effects of, 1638-42
freedom to contract, 1625, 1628-29
in God's plan, 1601
goods and requirements of conjugal love, 1643
greatness of, 1603
matrimonial chastity, 2349
mixed marriages and disparity of cult, 1633-37
nullity of, 1629
in the order of creation, 1603-05
in the preaching of the apostle Paul, 1616
in the preaching of Jesus, 1612-15
renouncing, 1618
in Sacred Scripture, 1602
as a sign of the covenant of Christ and the Church, 1617
under the pedagogy of the Law, 1609-11
under the regime of sin, 1606-08
sexuality in marriage and its significance, 2360-62 (see also Sexuality)
See also Divorce; Sacrament(s)

fecundity, 2366-72, 2373-779
        and adoption of children, 2379
        children as the gift of, 2378
        as cooperation with the love of God, the Creator, 2367
        openness to, 1652-54
        periodic continence and the regulation of birth, 2370
        and procreation to be regulated, 2368
        sterility
                as a great suffering, 2374
                and medical techniques, 2375-77
                and significance of conjugal life, 1654

purposes of marriage
        cooperation with the Creator's work, 372
        directed toward the salvation of others, 1534
        good of the spouses, 1660
        as man's vocation, 372, 1604-05
        procreation and education of offspring, 1652-53, 2366
        transmission of life, 372, 2363

indissolubility of marriage, 1644-45
        fidelity of conjugal love, 1646-48
        the marriage bond, 1639-40
        marriage in the words of Jesus, 1614-15
        matrimonial consent, 1625
                as an essential element, 1626
                as the foundation of the indissolubility of marriage, 1601, 1627, 2367
        nullity of marriage, 1629
        as a requirement of conjugal love, 1644
        significance and nature of matrimonial consent, 1627-28
        transmission of faith in the domestic Church, 1656
        unity and marriage in the Old Law, 1610-11

as a sacrament, 1601-58
        celebration of, 1621-24, 1627
        as consecration, 1535
        ecclesiastical form of celebrating, 1630-31
        grace of the sacrament of, 1641-42
        main effects of, 1638-40, 2365
        mixed marriage and disparity of cult, 1633-37
        preparation for, 1632
        raised to the dignity of a sacrament, 1601

offenses against the dignity of, 2380-91
        adultery, 2380-81
        divorce, 2382-86
        free union and concubinage, 2390
        incest, 2388
        polygamy, 1645, 2387
        sexual relations contracted before marriage, 2391

Marriages, trial, 2391

Married couple
fidelity and, 2364
harmony of the married couple and physical complementarity, 2333
human sterility and, 2374, 2377
marriage and, 1603, 1624, 1636, 1642, 2363

Martyrs
acts of, 2474
behavior of, 2113
significance of martyrdom, 2473
veneration of, 957, 1173

Mary
Christ's Mother by the power of the Holy Spirit, 437, 456, 484-86, 723-26
the Church and
        active example and type of the Church, 967
        Church reaches towards perfection in, 829
        place in the mystery of the Church, 773, 963-72
        spiritual motherhood, 501

Mary in the economy of salvation
        Annunciation, 484, 490
        assent, 148, 490, 494
        Assumption, 966
        conception by the Holy Spirit, 437, 456, 484-86, 495, 723
        the Immaculate Conception, 490-93
        mediatrix of grace, 969
        predestination of, 488-89, 508
        preserved from sin, 411
        virginity, 496-98, 502-07
        visitation to Elizabeth as God's visitation to His people, 717
        works of the Holy Spirit, 721-26

Mary as exemplar
        of holiness, 2030
        of hope, 64
        of obedience of faith, 144, 148-49, 494
        of prayer in the "Fiat" and "Magnificat," 2617, 2619
        of union with the Son, 964 
        and witness of faith, 165, 273

titles of Mary
        Advocate, Help, Benefactress, Mediatrix, 969
        Assumed into heaven, 966
        Eschatological icon of the Church, 967, 972
        Ever Virgin, 499-501
        Full of grace, 722, 2676
        Handmaid of the Lord, 510
        "Hodigitria" or "She shows the way," 2674
        Immaculate, 491-92
        Mother of Christ, 411
        Mother of the Church, 963-70
        Mother of God, 466, 495, 509
        Mother of the living, 494, 511
        The New Eve, 411
        "Panagia" or All Holy, 493
        Seat of Wisdom, 721

veneration of Mary
        faith concerning the veneration of Mary based on faith concerning Christ, 487
        liturgical feasts of, 2043, 2177
        in the liturgical year, 1172, 1370
        not adoration, 971
        prayer to, 2675-79
        respect for the name of, 2146

Mass. See Eucharist

Mass media
correct use of, 2496
laws against misuse of, 2498
misuse of, 2523

Masturbation, 2352

Materialism, 285, 2124

Matrimony. See Marriage (Matrimony)

Maturity (in the Christian faith), 1248, 1308

Mediator
Mary mediatrix, 969
See also Christ

Meditation, 2705-08
fruits of, 2706, 2708
goals of, 2723
and growth in understanding the faith, 94-95
methods of, 2707
as one of the three major expressions of prayer, 2699
significance of, 2705
times suitable for, 2186

Meek, 716, 1716. See also Gentleness

Meeting
between God and men, 1153, 2299, 2560, 2563, 2567, 2591, 2626, 2710
with Jesus, 529, 995, 1021
liturgy as meeting between Christ and the Church, 1097

Memorial
the Eucharist as memorial of Jesus' death and resurrection, 611, 1167, 1330, 1358, 1362-72, 1382
Jesus institutes the memorial of His free offering, 610, 1323, 1337
liturgy as memorial of the mystery of salvation, 1099
of the saving events of the Old Covenant, 1093, 2170

Mentality
Christian, 2105
and the diversity of confession in marriage, 1634
of this world, 2727

Mercy
acceptance of God's, 1847, 2840
Christ wills, 2100
the Church bestows God's mercy to man, 2040
the Church implores God's, 1037
as the fruit of charity, 1829
God's, 210-11, 270
Jesus shows the Father's, 545, 589, 1439, 1846
justification as the highest sign of God's, 1994
Mary, "Mother of mercy," 2677
significance and kinds of works of, 2447
sinners refusing God's, 1864, 2091
works of mercy are necessary, 1473

Merit, 2006-11
Christ as the source of our, 1476, 2011
definition and significance of, 2006
grace and, 1708, 2008-09, 2011, 2025-27
man as a participator in the merit of Christ, 2008-09
no merit on the part of man before God, 2007
of the saints, 956, 1476

Message
the Church's, 2126
family as the place for the first proclamation of faith, 1666
the "Good News" of the Gospel and the "Our Father," 2763
Gospel message and catechesis, 6
Gospel message in the image of icons, 1160
of the Kingdom and the call to conversion, 1427, 1989
single message of salvation throughout the world, 174
spreading the message of salvation, 900, 2044
See also Evangelization

Messiah
announcement of the messiah after the fall of man, 410
the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus in Baptism, 1286
expectation of Christians for the return of, 840
expectation of the corning of the messiah in Israel, 702, 711-16
glory of Jesus as the inauguration of the kingdom of, 664
Jesus Christ, the, 436-40, 528-29, 535, 540, 547
significance of the word, 436, 695
See also Christ

Messiah
millenarianism, 676
pseudo-messianism, 675

Minister(s)
apostles as "God's ministers," 859
choosing ordained, 1579
of Christ and of the Church, 1553
exercise of service by ordained, 1592
ordained minister as "icon" of Christ the Priest, 1142
ordained minister as responsible for formation in prayer, 2686
personal calling of, 878
purposes of the activity of ministering, 874
as "servants of Christ," 876
support of the Church's, 2122
unworthiness of the ordained ministers and the action of Christ, 1584
See also individual sacraments, ministers of

Ministry
apostolic, 553, 983, 1536
catechetical ministry, preaching, and the Word, 9, 24, 132, 903
of the Church, 874-79
diversity of, 873, 910
exercise of, 2039
ordained, 1120, 1142 (see also Priest/priesthood)
particular, 1143
public ministry of Jesus, 583
of Reconciliation, 981, 1442, 1461-62
of serving and interpreting the Word, 119

Miracle(s)
of Christ, and their significance as signs, 548-49, 1335
of Christ, as a sign of His divinity, 515
of Christ's disciples, 434
gift of working, 2003
significance of Christ's, 156, 547, 1335

Mission(s)
of the apostles, 2, 551, 858-60, 1122, 1223
of the bishops, 2068
Christ's, 430, 436, 438, 440, 534, 536, 606, 608
of the Church, 6, 730, 738, 768, 782, 811, 831, 849-56, 873
of consecrated persons, 931-33
of deacons, 1570
of the Holy Spirit, 244, 485, 716, 1108
joint missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit, 689-90, 702, 727, 737, 743, 2655
of the laity, 897-913
of the Magisterium, 890
to all nations, 1122, 1533, 1565, 2044, 2419
of parents, 2226
of Peter, 552
of spouses, 2367
of the Virgin Mary, 489, 969

Missionary
endeavor, 854
mandate, 849-50
sources of the missionary impetus, 828, 851

Model of life for the faithful
Abraham, 144, 1819
bishops, 893
Christ, 459, 520, 896, 1618, 2348, 2620, 2740
God, 813, 2172
saints, 828
Virgin Mary, 273, 967, 2030

Modesty
of the body, 2523
definition of, 2521-22
purity requires, 2521, 2533
as a sign of human dignity, 2524

Money
"He who loves money never has enough money," 2536
idolatry and the divinizing of, 2113, 2172, 2424
prohibition of loans at interest, 2449
simony, 2121

Moral. See Law: moral law

Moral permissiveness, 2526

Moral rule(s)
Christ as the moral rule of conduct, 2074
"Golden Rule," 1789, 1970, 2510
moral law as the rule of our activity, 1951
natural law as a rule, 1957, 1959
Sacred Scriptures as the source of all, 75, 141
See also Law; Norm(s)

Morality
the Church and, 2420
circumstances, intention, and morality of actions, 1756
judging the morality of human acts, 1756, 1768
love for oneself as a fundamental principle of, 2264
moral conscience and dignity of the person, 1780, 1794
must be respected and safeguarded, 2210, 2294, 2498
of passions, 1762-70
sources of, 1750-54

Mortification, 2015

Murder (intentional killing)
forgiveness for the sin of, 1447
only God is the Lord of life, 2258
as a grave sin, 1447
haters as murderers, 1033
intentional euthanasia as, 2324
intentional killing as a legitimate defense, 2263-65
origin of, 2517
seriousness and condemnation of intentional, 1756, 2261, 2268
sin that cries to heaven, 1867
unintentional killing, 2263, 2269

Muslims, 841

Myron. See Chrism

Mystagogy, 1075

Mystery
of Christ, 280, 512-60, 639, 654, 1067
of the Church, 770-76
of the Church's unity, 813-16
of creation, 287, 295-301
of the existence of evil, 309, 385, 395
of faith, 2558
of God, 42, 206, 234, 1028, 2779
of man, 359
of man's salvation, 122

Mystical
life, 2014
See also the Church: the Church as the Mystical Body of

Mythology/myth, 285, 498

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