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Theology of the Laity: Disciples in the World - 5 Mission

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Transcript of Theology of the Laity: Disciples in the World - 5 Mission

Discern - prayerfully consider
3 BASIC STEPS OF DISCERNMENT
Culture of "ME"
Transcendentals: TRUE, GOOD, AND BEAUTIFUL
AS GOES THE FAMILY GOES, SO GOES THE NATION AND SO GOES THE WHOLE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. – JP
Since the Creator of all things has established conjugal society as the beginning and basis of human society and, by His grace, has made it a great mystery in Christ and the Church (cf. Eph. 5:32), the apostolate of married persons and families is of unique importance for the Church and civil society.
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 theirvocation and mission in the Church and in the world be defined.
- Christifideles Laici 8
The sphere in which lay people are present and active as missionaries is very
extensive. "Their own field...is the vast and complicated world of politics, society and economics...” on the local, national and international levels. Within the Church, there are various types of services, functions, ministries and ways of promoting the Christian life.
- Redemptoris Missio 72
WORK
Gensis 1 - "the first gospel of work"
For it shows what the dignity of work consists of: it teaches that man ought to imitate God, his Creator, in working, because man alone has the unique characteristic of likeness to God. Man ought to imitate God both in working and also in resting, since God himself wished to present his own creative activity under the form of work and rest.
Laborem Exercens, 25
CULTURE
DISCERNMENT
FAMILY
Session 5
MISSION
The central point here is that the right of the laity to be involved in the mission of the Church is not a benevolent concession from bishops or priests. The laity have this right and duty by reason of their Baptism. This sacrament creates a fundamental equality among all the baptized: to live the new life in Christ and to witness to him according to one’s vocation in the Church and in the world.
- Cardinal Francis Arinze
As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish... This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:24-27, 32
Tasks of the family from Familiaris Consortio 17:
§ Forming a community of persons
§ Serving life
§ Participating in the development of society
§ Sharing in the life and mission of the Church
Eccelesia Catholica & Eccelesia Domestica
RECLAIM
SUNDAY
AS A DAY
OF REST
MLK: We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society.
PLATO:
The power of the Good has taken refuge in the nature of the Beautiful.
What a culture says fulfills these criteria explains a lot about the culture.
MORE THAN JUST STATE OF LIFE QUESTIONS!
- Be Aware
- Understand
- Take Action (accept/reject)
...by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man
himself and makes his supreme calling clear.
- Gaudium et Spes, 22
Review of Session 4
Theology of the Laity
Disciples in the World
"King" in the sense of shepherding
Jesus fulfills the Old Testament kingship in the most complete way and reveals our inheritance, Heaven.
Service to the world at large comes through our observance of Catholic Social Doctrine.
Making a gift of ourselves in the world begins with knowing ourselves in the light of Jesus Christ.
Master of ourselves before being masters of the world around us.
Know it, do it, offer it... Baptismal Triad
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