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Icon

The Greek word for "image." It refers to glazed paintings of Jesus, Mary or one of the saints which are used to focus our prayer.

Idolatry

The worship of gods other than the one true God.

Immaculate Conception of Mary

The belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin, because she was going to become the Mother of Jesus.

Imprimatur

The stamp of approval by a bishop showing approval of and allowing a book or other work to be published.

Incarnation

Our belief that the Son of God became fully human in Jesus so that Jesus was fully God.

Inerrancy of Scripture

A way to talk about how or where the Bible is without error. It is without error in that it contains the truth necessary for our salvation.

The gift Jesus gave to the Church in matters of faith and morals of being incapable of making a mistake.

Inspiration of Scripture

A belief that all the books of the Bible were inspired by God's Spirit for the good of our salvation.

Intercession

A form of prayer where we not only petition God for help but place ourselves at God's disposal for the good of others.

Interfaith Dialogue

All people of different religious beliefs working together for the common good.

Isaac

The second of those called biblical patriarchs, the son of Abraham and Sarah through whom Israel traces the roots of their faith. (Genesis 21-27)

Isaiah

One of the major prophets of the Old Testament who lived in the northern part of Israel before it was destroyed by the Assyrians in the 8th c. B.C.

Israel

Refers to the people that God formed a covenant with and who established a nation guided by God's providence, centered on the covenant with Moses.