canon of Scripture the Church’s complete list of inspired books included in Sacred Scripture
Cardinal Virtues the four principal moral virtues— prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude—that help us live as children of God and from which the other moral virtues flow. We strengthen these good habits through God’s grace and our own efforts.
catholic a Mark of the Church. The Church is catholic because she is universal, meant for all people in all times and in all places.
Church the community of all baptized people who believe in the Holy Trinity and follow Jesus. The word is often used for the Catholic Church because we trace our origins back to the Apostles.
Confirmation the Sacrament of Initiation through which the spiritual life received in Baptism is strengthened and the person is sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
conscience the God-given ability that helps individuals judge whether actions are right or wrong
consecrated religious life a state of life lived by religious sisters, brothers, and priests in community and characterized by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
contrition true sorrow for disobeying God and the commitment to try to avoid sin in the future
covenant a sacred promise or agreement humans or between God and humans