Furthermore, the spread of the gospel will be continual, since a person's life and faith will be one. However, they all come together in an all-inclusive and profound convergence when viewed from the perspective of their common purpose, that is, the responsible participation of all of them in the Church'smission of carrying forth the Gospel of Christ, the source of hope for humanity and the renewal of society. It is born of the evangelizing activity of Jesus and the twelve. During the celebration of the Eucharist these sacrifices are most lovingly offered to the Father along with the Lord's body. Or there is the deacnoness Phoebe. Thus the lay state of life has its distinctive feature in its secular character. In no other moment in history is this fact more fruitful and innovative.
The vocation of the lay faithful to holiness implies that life according to the Spirit expresses itself in a particular way in their involvement in temporal affairs and in their participation in earthly activities. They will hear this in the talks that follow. The fundamental reason that requires and explains the presence and the collaboration of both men and women is not only, as it was just emphasized, the major source of meaning and efficacy in the pastoral action of the Church, nor even less is it the simple sociological fact of sharing a life together as human beings which is natural for man and woman. The fruit of sound political activity, which is so much desired by everyone but always lacking in advancement, is peace. In fact, the Church sees her path towards the future in the youth-- beholding in them a reflection of herself and her call to that blessed youthfulness which she constantly enjoys as a result of Christ's Spirit.
If anyone has this task of advancing the dignity of women in the Church and society, it is women themselves who must recognize their responsibility as leading characters. Therefore the radical, and only, solution to the problems of the world lies in Jesus Christ. Everyone is called to grow continually in intimate union with Jesus Christ, in conformity to the Father's will, in devotion to others in charity and justice. We Are One Body in Christ 12. From him they receive the authority and sacred power to serve the Church, acting in persona Christi Capitas in the person of Christ, the Head 66 and to gather her in the Holy Spirit through the Gospel and the Sacraments. When the individual is not recognized and loved in the person's dignity as the living image of God cf. It can be said that the problems of today's world already cited in the second part of the Council's Constitution , which remain unresolved and not at all affected by the passage of time, must witness the presence and commitment of women with their irreplaceable and customary contributions.
It follows that the freedom of individuals and of communities to profess and practice their religion is an essential element for peaceful human coexistence. Anthropological and Theological Foundations 50. Secularism and the Need for Religion 4. The Pastors in Service to Communion 31. The Council is able then to indicate the proper and special sense of the divine vocation which is directed to the lay faithful. The split between the Gospel and culture is without a doubt the drama of our time, just as it was of other times.
Following the path marked out by the Council and remaining open to the light of the experience of persons and communities from the whole Church, the Fathers, enriched by preceding Synods, treated in a specific and extensive manner the topic of the vocation and mission of the lay faithful in the Church and in the world. Therefore, not simply the words coming directly from him, but also those transmitted by the various departments of the Holy See call for a loving and receptive hearing by the lay faithful. Gal 4:6; Rom 8:15-16, 26. On the other hand, totally unsupressible is that human longing experienced by individuals and whole peoples for the inestimable good of peace in justice. Also, in the building up of Christ's body there is a diversity of members and functions. Adversely affected by the impressive triumphs of continuing scientific and technological development and above all, fascinated by a very old and yet new temptation, namely, that of wishing to become like God cf. As such, the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and the Secretariat itself have contributed to its final form.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction of Christian Freedom and Liberation, 72 , and which must be present in general catechetical instruction and in specialized gatherings, as well as in schools and universities. He also reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia. The Scriptures can become a foundation of a life only when it is entrusted to a living subject, the same living subject from which the Scriptures were born. The Church then is the reservoir of those who believe, hope, and love. He sanctified those human ties, especially family ones, from which social relationships arise, willingly submitting himself to the laws of his country. People are called to joy. We are truly the hands and feet of Jesus.
This role or function as an evangelizer is not an incidental or luxury of the life of a Christian, rather it is the only true response to the call. As a diligent vinedresser, the Father takes care of his vine. Saint Paul insists in a particular way on the organic communion of the Mystical Body of Christ. Consequently, if one member suffers anything, all the members suffer it too, and if one member is honoured, all members together rejoice cf. The actual formation of groups of the lay faithful for spiritual purposes or for apostolic work comes from various sources and corresponds to different demands.
First of all, the task of bringing full dignity to the conjugal lite and to motherhood. By her action, even in its liturgical forms, she leads people to interior freedom. The same is true in history, where in everyday life there often exist contradictions in the exercise of human freedom, where there is found, side by side and at times closely intertwined, evil and good, injustice and justice, anguish and hope. Who are the persons and the communities called upon to assume the task of a totally integrated formation of the lay faithful? No one, no individual, no group, no authority, no State, can change-let alone eliminate-them because such rights find their source in God himself. The Holy Spirit, while bestowing diverse ministries in Church communion, enriches it still further with particular gifts or promptings of grace, called charisms.
The root of our problems lies not in the symptoms but in the worlds separation from God. In the case of coming generations, the lay faithful must offer the very valuable contribution, more necessary than ever, of a systematic work in catechesis. The lay faithful ought to regard themselves as an active and responsible part of this venture, called as they are to proclaim and to live the Gospel in service to the person and to society while respecting the totality of the values and needs of both. Precisely because it derives from Church communion, the sharing of the lay faithful in the threefold mission of Christ requires that it be lived and realized in communion and for the increase of communion itself. To reach out to the world and be His witnesses. She is the real youthfulness of the world. Communion and mission are profoundly connected with each other, they interpenetrate and mutually imply each other to the point that communion represents both the source and the fruit of mission: communion gives rise to mission and mission is accomplished in communion.
Children are certainly the object of the Lord Jesus' tender and generous love. Most will have begun to participate in the discussion, but some may still be holding back. Who are the Lay Faithful 9. It is true, Philothea, that a purely contemplative, monastic and religious devotion cannot be exercised in such ways of life. You Go Into My Vineyard Too 2. We regularly touch the lives of people in our families, work places, social gatherings, churches, and other environments. But the sacredness of the human person cannot be obliterated no matter how often it is devalued and violated because it has its unshakable foundation in God as Creator and Father.