Love in action; a vehement emotion of soul, based on deep affection, that seeks to obtain possession of the object or the person loved, and to exclude whatever might prevent or destroy such union, or harm the person loved. In the religious life, zeal is founded on the love of God and manifests itself in strong desire and ardent action to propagate the Faith, to sanctify souls, and to promote the glory of God by making Him better known, loved, and honored.

MLA Citation

  • “zeal”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2018. Web. 18 April 2021. <>