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Discipleship alphabet: K & L

Kerygma: Greek word for proclamation or preaching; the proclamation of the good news of what God has done and is doing in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Kingdom of God: God's sovereign lordship or rule over salvation history, leading to the eschatological goal of eternal life with God. From the Lord's Prayer, it might be said that the kingdom of God exists where God's will is now being done: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand" (Mk 1:15; cf. Mt 4:17). The dual nature of the kingdom as both eschatological and "at hand" is aptly described as the "already-not-yet."

Knowledge: one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2); The internal representation of that external information and experience that has been acquired through the act of the mind. Growing in knowledge is part of the practice of the Christian Faith, since it is used to make judgments that can bring the individual closer to God.

Life, Spiritual: The relationship with God, attained by baptism and strengthened through reception of sacraments, prayer, mortification and charitable works.

Love of God: The greatest Christian virtue, enabling one to respond to God as He does to us: with charity. We are commanded to love God because of all He has done for us, especially for the charity of Christ shown in His death and resurrection. To love God makes loving our neighbors possible.

Love of Neighbor: Charity, desiring the true good of others. Because of our love for God, we can then love others. This mandate means to love enemies, as well as friends. One grows in fraternal charity especially through the reception of the sacraments.

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