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Lumen Gentium 39

A new post, a new chapter. Let’s read about “THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH“ The Church, whose mystery is being set forth by this Sacred Synod, is believed to be indefectibly holy. Indeed Christ, the Son of … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 38

The council gives a little pep talk as it wraps up an examination of the role of the laity within the Church: Each individual lay(person) must stand before the world as a witness to the resurrection and life of the … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 37

This section looks at the relationship between laity and the hierarchy. In this first paragraph, we see something post-Vatican II Catholics generally have no problem expressing, namely “needs and desires.” The laity have the right, as do all Christians, to … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 36

We turn to an examination of the third quality of the Christian believer: our participation in the royal aspect of Christ’s bestowal upon his disciples. Naturally, this kingly nature is embedded in the Son’s kenosis, or self-emptying sacrifice. Christ, becoming … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 35

In the last section, we read the pep talk based on the involvement of the laity in the priestly mission of Christ. In this, the council bishops turn to the role of Christ the Prophet as the inspiration for lay … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 34

Discussing the laity … The supreme and eternal Priest, Christ Jesus, since he wills to continue his witness and service also through the laity, vivifies them in this Spirit and increasingly urges them on to every good and perfect work. … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 33

“We are the Body of Christ” as they say: The laity are gathered together in the People of God and make up the Body of Christ under one head. Whoever they are they are called upon, as living members, to … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 32

In the original Pauline Theology of the Body, diversity is a big plus for Christians, and nowhere is this diversity so noticeable as in the laity: By divine institution Holy Church is ordered and governed with a wonderful diversity. “For … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 31

The council gives a definition: The term laity is here understood to mean all the faithful except those in holy orders and those in the state of religious life specially approved by the Church. … and acknowledges our proper role … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 30

Today begins a new chapter in Lumen Gentium, “The Laity.” First a clarification that the “People of God” and what was written about them apply to lay people: Having set forth the functions of the hierarchy, the Sacred Council gladly … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 29

Finishing up with deacons, including Vatican II’s hallmark direction to restore the permanent diaconate: At a lower level of the hierarchy are deacons, upon whom hands are imposed “not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service.”(Constitutiones Ecclesiac aegyptiacae, … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 28

Two more sections before we reach the laity. Be patient, anti-clericalists. In this section, participation in the ministry of the apostles is expanded to priests and deacons, but amazingly, no mention of curia as of yet. Christ, whom the Father … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 27

We keep it up on the bishop track. Has this seemed overly long to you? Let’s read that “authority and sacred power” are used only–say it together: only–for the purpose of “edification … in truth and holiness.” Bishops, as vicars … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 26

Some liturgical stuff with bishops here: A bishop marked with the fullness of the sacrament of Orders, is “the steward of the grace of the supreme priesthood,” (Oratio consecrationis cpiscopalis in ritu byzantino: Euchologion to mega, Romae, 1873, p. 139.) … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 25

This section treats with the important ministry of preaching. It’s a bit lengthy, so I’ll break it up a bit. Feel free to comment on it in whole or in part: Among the principal duties of bishops the preaching of … Continue reading

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