Category Archives: Apostolicam Actuositatem

Apostolicam Actuositatem: Finale

The Council bishops give one final exhortation. Let’s listen in. The most holy council, then, earnestly entreats all the laity in the Lord to answer gladly, nobly, and promptly the more urgent invitation of Christ in this hour and the … Continue reading

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AA 32: How To Teach It

AA 32 finishes off lay formation and the last of the meat of the document. Lay people have, for their benefit: study sessions congresses periods of recollection spiritual exercises frequent meetings conferences books periodicals for the purpose of deeper knowledge … Continue reading

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AA 31: Talk and Walk

AA 31 says it. Lay people should be well-formed for the task of evangelization and bringing other people to holiness. Note this is a lay responsibility that begins with the simplest of interactions: conversation. (T)he laity must be specially formed … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up AA30

Catechists must be well-formed: Teachers and educators on the other hand, who carry on a distinguished form of the apostolate of the laity by their vocation and office, should be equipped with that learning and pedagogical skill that are needed … Continue reading

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AA 30: Lay Formation Outside the Home

According to AA30, you can’t get away from the parish community: They should be so involved in the local community of the parish that they will acquire a consciousness of being living and active members of the people of God. … Continue reading

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AA 30: Families, The School for the Lay Apostolate

Bear with me; AA 30 is a bit lengthy; we’ll cover it in bite-sized pieces today. It treats lay formation across the ages. Across a person’s ages, that is. The training for the apostolate should start with the children’s earliest … Continue reading

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AA 29: Lay Formation, Part 2

AA 29 tells it: Since the laity share in their own way in the mission of the Church, their apostolic formation is specially characterized by the distinctively secular and particular quality of the lay state and by its own form … Continue reading

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AA 28: Lay Formation, Part 1

Sections 28-32 comprise “Chapter VI Formation for the Apostolate” of Apostolicam Actuositatem. The apostolate can attain its maximum effectiveness only through a diversified and thorough formation. Formation , implies more than imparting theological or other knowledge. The whole tone of … Continue reading

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AA 27: Ecumenical and Interfaith Cooperation

… according to AA 27: The quasi-common heritage of the Gospel and the common duty of Christian witness resulting from it recommend and frequently require the cooperation of Catholics with other Christians, on the part of individuals and communities within … Continue reading

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AA 26: Lay Councils

AA 26 speaks of them to “assist the apostolic work of the Church either in the field of evangelization and sanctification or in the charitable, social, or other spheres …” and recommends the cooperation of priests and Religious. While preserving … Continue reading

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AA 25: Rights for Lay People and Lists for Priests

AA 25 continues with its theme of cooperation … Lay people have rights: Bishops, pastors of parishes, and other priests of both branches of the clergy should keep in mind that the right and duty to exercise this apostolate is … Continue reading

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AA 24: Father (Usually) Knows Best

AA 24 tries to keep things in balance. First, bishops and priests have a duty: The hierarchy should promote the apostolate of the laity, provide it with spiritual principles and support, direct the conduct of this apostolate to the common … Continue reading

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AA 23: One Big Happy Family

AA 23 begins “chapter five” of the document, a larger section dealing with “External Relationships” Whether the lay apostolate is exercised by the faithful as individuals or as members of organizations, it should be incorporated into the apostolate of the … Continue reading

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AA 22: Lay Professionals

What do you think AA said about them? Deserving of special honor and commendation in the Church … Really. Read on.  … are those lay people, single or married, who devote themselves with professional experience, either permanently or temporarily, to … Continue reading

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AA 21: If The Clergy Like It, It Must Be Good

According to AA 21, that is. All associations of the apostolate must be given due appreciation. Those, however, which the hierarchy have praised or recommended as responsive to the needs of time and place, or have ordered to be established … Continue reading

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