The Spirit and the Bride both say to the Lord Jesus, 'Come! The lay faithful are sharers in the priestly mission for which Jesus offered himself on the cross and continues to be offered in the celebration of the Eucharist for the glory of God and the salvation of humanity. In fact, their formation itself expresses the social nature of the person and for this reason leads to a more extensive and incisive effectiveness in work. For coming generations, lay faithful must offer the valuable contribution of a systematic work in with parents being the primary catechists of their children. Whether they be exceptional and great or simple and ordinary, the charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit that have, directly or indirectly, a usefulness for the ecclesial community, ordered as they are to the building up of the Church, to the well-being of humanity and to the needs of the world. Many voices were raised in the Synod Hall expressing the fear that excessive insistence given to the status and role of women would lead to an unacceptable omission, that, in point, regarding men. She is mystery because the very life and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the gift gratuitously offered to all those who are born of water and the Holy Spirit cf.
This occurs when science and technology are committed with licit means to the defence of life and the cure of disease in its beginnings, refusing on the contrary-even for the dignity of research itself-to perform operations that result in falsifying the genetic patrimony of the individual and of human generative power. They carry out their own part in the mission of the whole Christian people with respect to the Church and the world. Gen 11:1-9 which spreads confusion, struggle, disintegration and oppression. Finally, we are unable to overlook another phenomenon that is quite evident in present-day humanity: perhaps as never before in history, humanity is daily buffeted by conflict. The Life of Holiness in the World 17.
Furthermore, it must be acknowledged that valuable possibilities exist even in the life's stages of infancy and childhood, both for the building up of the Church and for making society more humane. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church Christus Dominus, 11. For this reason the Church calls upon the lay faithful to be present as signs of courage and intellectual creativity in the privileged places of culture, that is, the world of educationschool and universityin places of scientific and technological research, the areas of artistic creativity and work in the humanities. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 1. Jn 10:11 , the humble servant who gives himself without reserve for the salvation of all cf. They are particularly meaningful images because they speak not only of the deep involvement and the full participation of the lay faithful in the affairs of the earth, the world and the human community, but also and above all, they tell of the radical newness and unique character of an involvement and participation which has as its purpose the spreading of the Gospel that brings salvation. Its doctrine finds a pleasing expression once again in various passages of the Council's documents.
This variety is not only linked to age, but also to the difference of sex and to the diversity of natural gifts as well as to careers and conditions affecting a person's life. In this way there is a natural transition from an effective involvement of the lay faithful in the liturgical action to that of announcing the word of God and pastoral care. Los laicos de ningún modo pueden abdicar de su participación en la acción económica, social, legislativa, administrativa y cultural No. As far as possible the lay faithful ought to collaborate in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by their own ecclesial family. From this comes the understanding that one has been brought into association with the beloved Son, becoming a child of adoption cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church Ad Gentes, 21.
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. Each in its own way demands the full, effective acknowledgment of the rights of the individual to which society is ordered in all its structures and institutions. In this context what does communion mean? The call to holiness is rooted in Baptism and proposed anew in the other Sacraments, principally in the Eucharist. We come to a full sense of the dignity of the lay faithful if we consider the prime and fundamental vocation that the Father assigns to each of them in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit: the vocation to holiness, that is, the perfection of charity. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People Apostolicam Actuositatem, 5. Thus with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation, the baptized share in the same mission 14.
In referring to the apostolate of the lay faithful the. The Church, the mother and teacher of peoples, should strive to safeguard, where the need exists, the culture of a less numerous people living in large nations when the situation exists. The entire People of God, and the lay faithful in particular, can find at this moment new models of holiness and new witnesses of heroic virtue lived in the ordinary everyday circumstances of human existence. In fact, at one and the same time it is characterized by a diversity and a complementarity of vocations and states in life, of ministries, of charisms and responsibilities. The dignity of the person constitutes the foundation of the equality of all people among themselves. First of all, the freedom for lay people in the Church to form such groups is to be acknowledged. At this moment the growing number of older people in different countries worldwide and the expected retirement of persons from various professions and the workplace provides older people with a new opportunity in the apostolate.
Not only has our head been anointed but we, his body, have also been anointed. And communion with others is the most magnificent fruit that the branches can give: in fact, it is the gift of Christ and his Spirit. Its purpose is the formation of mature ecclesial communities in which the faith might radiate and fulfill the basic meaning of adherence to the person of Christ and his Gospel, of an encounter and sacramental communion with him, and of an existence lived in charity and in service. The Church by reason of her role and competence is not identified with any political community nor bound by ties to any political system. Lk 8:2-3 ; were present at the foot of the Cross cf.
They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very fabric of their existence is woven. Lk 23:55 ; received and transmitted the message of resurrection on Easter morn cf. These offer the lay faithful, and even priests, the possibility of professing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience through vows or promises, while fully maintaining one's lay or clerical state. He calls me and sends me forth to work for the coming of his Kingdom in history. Young people should feel that this call is directed to them in particular, and they should respond to it eagerly and magnanimously. La participación de los Laicos en la vida de la Iglesia puede ser de cada persona singular No. The proclamation of this good news gains credibility when it is not simply voiced in words, but passes into a testimony of life, both in the case of all those who lovingly care for the sick, the handicapped and the suffering, as well as the suffering themselves who are increasingly made more conscious and responsible of their place and task within and on behalf of the Church.