Category Archives: Vatican II documents

Ad Gentes 21

The council bishops turn their attention to the laity, and in these following paragraphs, write of the hope that across the entire Church, lay people will add the necessary vitality and essence intended by Christ: The church has not been … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 20

Ad Gentes lays out in a hierarchical way the tasks of a “young church.”  Since the particular church is bound to represent the universal Church as perfectly as possible, let it realize that it has been sent to those also … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 19

Chapter III, titled “Particular Churches,” takes up the next few sections of the decree on the missionary activity of the Church. We start with an optimistic goal for the local Church which might well be recalled when assessing any established … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 18

Concluding chapter II, the bishops address religious life in mission lands. Reading it: Right from the planting stage of the Church, the religious life should be carefully fostered. This not only offers precious and absolutely necessary assistance to missionary activity, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 17

Section 17 treats the ministry of catechist in mission lands. The council bishops sound grateful and full of praise: Likewise worthy of praise are the ranks of men and women catechists, well deserving of missionary work to the nations. Imbued … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 16

The goal, according to the council bishops, is for a mission church to be self-sustaining with clergy. Joyfully the Church gives thanks for the priceless gift of the priestly calling which God has granted to so many youths among those … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 15

Moving along, we read from the third article of Chapter II, “Forming a Christian Community.“ This is rather long, so bear with it, please … The Holy Spirit, who calls (everyone) to Christ by the seeds of the Lord and … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 14

These paragraphs outline Vatican II’s approach to the restored catechumenate. It was briefly mentioned in Sacrosanctum Concilium 64-65, but gets a little more elaboration here: Those who, through the Church, have accepted from God a belief in Christ are admitted … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 13

Chapter II, “article” 2 covers “Preaching the Gospel and Gathering together the People of God.” Let’s read it, starting first with the power of “divine grace” through the preached Word: Wherever God opens a door of speech for proclaiming the … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 12

More on the presence of missionary groups among non-believers: The presence of the Christian faithful in these human groups should be inspired by that charity with which God has loved us, and with which He wills that we should love … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 11

Chapter II is further divided into three “articles,” the first is “Christian Witness,” and here it begins: The Church must be present in these groups through her children, who dwell among them or who are sent to them. For all Christians, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 10

The next nine posts will treat the nine sections of the second chapter of Ad Gentes, “Mission Work Itself.” The Church, sent by Christ to reveal and to communicate the love of God to all (people) and nations, is aware that … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 9

In this section, the council bishops make the connection between evangelization and eschatology: And so the time for missionary activity extends between the first coming of the Lord and the second, in which latter the Church will be gathered from … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 8

The Church would put it slightly differently from John Lennon. (“Love is the answer, and you know that’s for sure.”) Christ is the answer to the longings of the human spirit: Missionary activity is closely bound up even with human … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 7

God’s will directs the missionary efforts of the Church, and Jesus is the mediator between human beings and their God: This missionary activity derives its reason from the will of God, “who wishes all (people) to be saved and to … Continue reading

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