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Theology of the Laity: Disciples in the World - 1 Relationship

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John Matherne

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Transcript of Theology of the Laity: Disciples in the World - 1 Relationship

Theology of the Laity
You go into the
vineyard too!
Letter to Diognetus
To sum up all in one word— what the
is in the body, Christians are in the world. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world. The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible.
"Get Involved"
What does it mean to be involved in the Church?
Disciples in the World
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Serve on Pastoral Council
Run Ministry
Who Are The Laity?
those who by
are incorporated into Christ and are
to witness to Christ in the
secular sphere
- Cardinal Arinze
Secular Character
"What specifically characterizes the laity is their
secular nature
- Lumen Gentium 31
"[The laity] live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very web of their existence is woven. They are called by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the Gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as
- Lumen Gentium 31
You are the
of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
- Matthew 5:13 NAB
You are the
of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
- Matthew 5:14 NAB
2 Temptations:
- the temptation of being so strongly interested in Church services and tasks that some fail to become actively engaged in their responsibilities in the professional, social, cultural and political world
- the temptation of legitimizing the unwarranted separation of faith from life, that is, a separation of the Gospel's acceptance from the actual living of the Gospel in various situations in the world
- Christifidelis Laici 2
all the laity
, therefore, rests the noble duty of working to extend the divine plan of salvation to all men of every epoch and in every land.
- Lumen Gentium 33
"Why do you stand here idle all day?"
- Matthew 20:6
I know the struggle...
"Preach the Gospel at all time, and if necessary use words."
Witness through
Word & Deed...
> Deed: 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
> Word: a true apostle looks for opportunities to announce Christ by words addressed either to non-believers with a view to leading them to faith, or to the faithful with a view to instructing, strengthening, and encouraging them to a more fervent life
- Apostolicam Actuositatem 6
Only from inside the Church's mystery of communion is the "identity" of the lay faithful made known, and their fundamental dignity revealed. Only within the context of this dignity can their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world be defined.
- Christifidelis Laici 8
Relationship - Identity - Mission
R - Relationship
I - Identity
M - Mission
...from inside the Church's mystery of communion...
...is the "identity" of the lay faithful made known, and their fundamental dignity revealed. Only within the context of this dignity...
...can their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world be defined...
Established by Baptism
Matured through Confirmation
Nurtured by Eucharist
The lay apostolate is a participation in the saving mission of the Church herself. All the laity, through their Baptism and Confirmation, commissioned to that apostolate by the Lord himself. They are nourished by the Holy Eucharist.
- Cardinal Arinze
This life of intimate union with Christ in the Church is nourished by spiritual aids which are common to all the faithful, especially active participation in the sacred liturgy. These are to be used by the laity in such a way that while correctly fulfilling their secular duties in the ordinary conditions of life, they do not separate union with Christ from their life but rather performing their work according to God's will they grow in that union.
- Apostolicam Actuositatem 4
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
- John 15:4-5 NAB

In prayer, the faithful God's initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response.

God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer.
As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation.
CCC 2567
Fuga Mundi
Consecratio Mundi
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