character

Derivation

  • Greek: engraving instrument

Article

The mark or trait by which the personality of one person is distinguished from that of another. The word is used to express the spiritual and indelible sign imprinted on the soul by the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. The sacramental character marks the soul as distinct from those who have it not; as obliged to perform certain duties; as conformed to the image of God; as disposed for God’s grace. Baptism marks the soul as a subject of Christ and His Church; Confirmation as a warrior of the Church militant; Holy Orders as a minister of its Divine worship.

MLA Citation

  • “character”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2010. Web. 22 September 2017. <http://catholicsaints.info/character/>