Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People. By Deacon Ed Sheffer. Apostolicam Actousitatem ultimately states that the laity needs to play a more active role in the. Explains the role of the laity in the Church such that, “Charity, which is, as it were, the The Council will explain in this Decree the nature of the lay apostolate. The Decree on Ecumenism was rooted in the Ecumenical The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity reflected the development of the lay.
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This is demanded not only by the continuous spiritual and doctrinal progress of the lay person himself but also by the accommodation of his activity to circumstances varying according to the affairs, persons, and duties involved.
Ever productive as they should be in the work of oof Lord, they know that their labor in Him is not in vain cf.
Furthermore, centers of documentation and study not only in theology but also in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and methodology should be established for all fields of the apostolate for the better development of the natural capacities of the laity-men and women, young persons and adults.
At the same time, as a living member and witness of the Church, he renders the Church present and active in the midst of temporal affairs.
They should also hold in high esteem professional skill, family and civic spirit, and the virtues relating to social customs, namely, honesty, justice, sincerity, kindness, and courage, without which no true Christian life can exist. The Church was founded for the purpose of spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men to share in His saving redemption, 1 and that through them the whole world might enter into a relationship with Christ.
Regardless of status, all lay persons including those who have no opportunity or possibility for collaboration in associations are called to this type of apostolate and obliged to engage in it. They are the first to communicate the faith to their children and to educate them by word and example for the Christian and apostolic life.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Their members meet in small groups with their associates or friends, examine the methods and results of their apostolic activity, and compare their daily way of life with the Gospel.
All those things which make up the temporal order, namely, the good things of life and the prosperity of the family, culture, economic matters, the arts and professions, the laws of the political community, international relations, and other matters of this kind, as well as their development and progress, not only aid in the attainment of man’s ultimate goal but also possess their own intrinsic value.
The very testimony of their Christian life and good works done in a supernatural spirit have the power to draw men to belief and to God; for the Lord says, “Even so let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Matt.
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By example especially they should teach them little by little to be solicitous for the material and spiritual needs of their neighbor. In these trying circumstances, the laity do what they can to take the place of priests, risking their freedom and sometimes their life to teach Christian doctrine to those lairy them, training them in a religious way of life and a Catholic way of thinking, leading them to receive the sacraments frequently and developing in them piety, especially Eucharistic devotion.
Adults ought to engage in such friendly discussion with young people that both age groups, overcoming the age barrier, may become better acquainted and share the special benefits each generation can offer the other.
The laity derive the right and duty to the apostolate from their union with Christ the head; incorporated into Christ’s Mystical Body through Baptism and strengthened by the power laty the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, they are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself.
Entrusted with charges more rhe associated with the duties of pastors in teaching, liturgical action, care of souls and administration of church affairs. Impelled by divine charity, they do good to all men, especially to those of the household of the faith cf.
It will fulfill this mission if it appears as the domestic sanctuary of the Church by reason of the mutual affection of its members and the prayer that they offer to God in common, if the whole family makes itself a part of the liturgical worship of the Church, and if it provides active hospitality and promotes justice and other good works for the service of all the brethren in need. The laity fulfill this mission of the Church in the world especially by conforming their lives to their faith so that they become the light of the world as well as by practicing honesty in all their dealings so that they attract all to the love of the true and the good and finally to the Church and to Christ.
For the associations established for carrying on the apostolate in common sustain their members, form them for the apostolate, and rightly organize and regulate their apostolic work so that much better results can be expected than if each member were to act on his own. This destination, however, not only does not deprive the temporal order of its independence, its proper goals, laws, supports, and significance for human welfare but rather perfects the temporal order in its own intrinsic strength and worth and puts it on a level with man’s whole vocation upon earth.
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Decree on Instruments of Social Communication: It has pleased God to unite all things, both natural and supernatural, in Christ Jesus “so that in all things He may have the first place” Col. This happens when new associations and projects are promoted without a sufficient reason, or if antiquated associations or methods are retained beyond their period of usefulness.
For this reason the faithful should participate in the apostolate by way of united effort. As sharers in the role of Christ as priest, prophet, and king, the laity have their work cut out for them in the life and activity of the Church. Furthermore, the laity should be aware of the international field and of the questions and solutions, doctrinal as well as practical, which arise in this field, with special reverence to developing nations.
Retrieved from ” https: Once again He sends them into every town and place where He will come cf.
As regards works and institutions in the temporal order, the role of the ecclesiastical hierarchy is kf teach and authentically interpret the moral principles to be followed in temporal affairs.
In both areas there are various opportunities for apostolic activity. Texas Bishop Steven Leven, then Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, counter called for a lay senate in every diocese and a spirit of dialogue.
The greatest commandment in the law is to love God with one’s whole heart and one’s neighbor as oneself cf. In this way the laity must make progress in holiness in a happy and ready spirit, trying prudently and patiently to overcome difficulties. Since, in our own times, new problems are arising and very decreee errors are circulating which tend to undermine laihy foundations of religion, the moral order, and human society itself, this sacred synod earnestly exhorts laymen-each according to his own gifts of intelligence and learning-to be more diligent in doing what they can to explain, defend, and properly apply Christian principles to the problems of our era in accordance with the mind of the Church.
In this way they may make Christ known to others, especially by the testimony of a life resplendent in latiy, hope and charity. For the advance of age brings with it a more open mind, enabling each person to detect more readily the talents with which God has enriched his soul and to exercise more effectively those charisms which the Holy Spirit has bestowed on him for the good of his brethren.
So, too, in every era it is recognized by this sign of love, oh while it rejoices in the undertakings of others, it claims works of charity as its own inalienable duty and right. Affected by original sin, men have frequently kf into many errors concerning the true God, the nature of man, and the principles of the moral law. Pastors must clearly state the principles concerning the purpose of creation and the use of temporal things and must offer the moral and spiritual aids by which the temporal order may be renewed in Christ.
This obligation is imposed above all upon every prosperous nation and person. Councils of this type should be established as far as possible also on the parochial, interparochial, and interdiocesan level as well as in the national or international sphere. The apostolate can attain its maximum effectiveness only through a diversified and thorough formation.
They should remember, nevertheless, that man is naturally social and that it has pleased God to unite those who believe in Lsity into the people of God cf. Here the laity who engage in the apostolate only as individuals, whether for a;ostolate reasons already mentioned or for special reasons including those deriving also from their own professional activity, usefully gather into smaller groups for serious conversation without any thhe formal kind of establishment or organization, so that an indication of the community of the Church is always apparent to others as a true apostloate of love.
Chapter III Article These societies were deservedly recommended and promoted by the popes and many bishops, from whom they received the title of “Catholic Action,” and were often o as the collaboration of the laity in the apostolate of the hierarchy. Assuming human nature, He bound the whole human race to Himself as a family through a certain supernatural solidarity and established charity as the mark of His disciples, saying, “By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” John Since Christ, sent by the Father, is the source laitu origin of the whole apostolate of the Church, the success of the lay apostolate depends upon the laity’s living union with Christ, in keeping with the Lord’s words, “He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing” John As they become more conscious of their own personalities, they are impelled by decreee zest for life and a ready eagerness to assume their own responsibility, and they yearn to play their part in social and apostllate life.
A particular form of the individual apostolate as well as a sign specially suited to our times is the testimony of the whole lay life arising from faith, hope, and charity. Retrieved 18 May Major documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council decree as grass roots movements that were brought to fruition by the Council.