APOSTOLICAM ACTUOSITATEM ENGLISH PDF
Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Chapter I, n. 2) – These reflections on apostolate of the laity are of interest with regard to the apostolate Opus Dei members carry out in society. Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, no. Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem). Victor Clore . English translation in ). This book was quite popular with theologians, and. (The following is a summary of Apostolicam Actuositatem, of the Second Vatican Council. It retains the original preface and the chapter and numbering.
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Of these associations, or even among similar and older institutions, those are specially noteworthy which followed different methods of operation and yet produced excellent results for Christ’s kingdom.
In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. This charity of God, “which is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Rom.
Those wishing the hierarchy has recommended are praised, or have an urgent need, must be held in high esteem by all faithful. Hermenutic of rupture Bologna vs. The group apostolate of Christian believers then happily corresponds to a human and Christian need and at the same time signifies the communion and unity of the Church in Christ, who said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matt.
In the family parents have the task of training their children from childhood on to recognize God’s love for all men. In the present circumstances, it is quite necessary that, in the area of lay activity, the united and organized form of the apostolate be strengthened.
Younger persons should feel that this call has been directed to them especially and they should respond to it eagerly and generously. By this dynamic and prudent cooperation, 10 which is of special importance in temporal activities, the laity bear witness to Christ, the Savior of the world, as well as to the unity of the human family.
The various movements and projects of the apostolate of the laity throughout the world should also be represented in this secretariat, and here clergy and Religious also are to cooperate with the laity. Thus, making various dispositions of the apostolate according to circumstances, the hierarchy joins some particular form of it more closely with its own apostolic function. In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission.
Because of the demands of the common good of the Church, moreover, ecclesiastical authority can select and promote in a particular way some of the apostolic associations and projects which have an immediately spiritual purpose, thereby assuming in them a special responsibility.
The laity share actuositaten the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and by this have their own share of the mission of the whole people of God. 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; for the Lord says, “Even so let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Matt.
The laity fulfill this mission of the Church in the world especially by conforming their lives to their faith so that they become the light of the world as well as by practicing honesty in engilsh their dealings so that they attract all to the love acttuositatem the true and the good and finally to the Church and to Christ.
This apostolate becomes more imperative in view emglish the fact that many areas of human life have become increasingly autonomous. There is a very urgent need for this individual apostolates where the freedom of the Church is threatened. We wish to list here the more important fields of action, namely, church communities, the family, youth, the social milieu, and national and international levels.
Sacred Congregation of the Council, concerning the dissolution of the Corrientes diocese in Argentina, Nov. There are innumerable opportunities open to the laity for the exercise of their apostolate of evangelization and sanctification. neglish
The laity have their work cut out for them, because their activity is so necessary, that without them pastors would be unable to achieve their full effectiveness. Strengthened by active participation in the liturgical life of their community, they are eager to do their share of the apostolic works of that community. Indeed, by the precept of charity, which is the Lord’s greatest commandment, all the faithful are impelled to promote the glory of God through the coming of His kingdom and to obtain eternal life for all men-that they may know the only true God and Him whom He sent, Jesus Christ cf.
There are many aids for lay persons devoted to the apostolate, namely, study sessions, congresses, periods of recollection, spiritual exercises, frequent meetings, conferences, books, and periodicals directed toward the acquisition of a deeper knowledge of sacred Scripture and Catholic doctrine, the nourishment.
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 the Church, either in activities or in associations, in the national or international field.
Indeed, everyone should diligently prepare himself for the apostolate, this preparation being the more urgent in adulthood. Decree on Ecumenism, nos. The laity derive the right and duty to the apostolate from their union with Christ the head; incorporated into Christ’s Mystical Body through Baptism and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, they are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself.
Likewise, common human values not infrequently call for cooperation between Christians pursuing apostolic aims enblish those who do engllish profess Christ’s name but acknowledge these values. The laity the actuositxtem this mission do so aposstolicam conforming their lives to their faith, observing fraternal charity, and building up society. 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.
Summary of Apostolicam Actuositatem
No part of the structure of a living body is merely passive but has a share in the functions as well as life of the body: With a constantly increasing population, continual progress in science and technology, and closer interpersonal relationships, the areas for the apostolocam apostolate have been immensely widened particularly in fields that have been for the most part open to the laity alone.
They grouped themselves into various atuositatem of activities and societies which, while maintaining a closer union with the hierarchy, pursued and continue to pursue goals which are properly apostolic.
By virtue of this mission, the laity are fully subject to higher ecclesiastical control in the performance of this work.
Through this holy synod, the Lord renews His invitation to all the laity to come closer to Him every day, recognizing that what is His is also their own Phil. In our own time, moreover, those who have trusted excessively in the progress of the natural sciences and the technical arts have fallen into an idolatry of temporal things and have become their slaves rather than their masters. Decree on Missionary Activity of Church, nos. To intensify the apostolic activity of the people of God, 1 the most holy synod earnestly addresses itself to the laity, whose proper and indispensable role in the mission of the Church has already been dealt with in other documents.
In fulfilling this mission of the Church, the Christian laity exercise their apostolate both in the Church and in the world, in both the spiritual and the temporal orders. Christian husbands and wives are cooperators in grace and witness to their children by educating them by word and example. In a special way, however, adolescents and young persons should be initiated into the apostolate and imbued with its spirit.
The Church was founded for the purpose of spreading the kingdom, enabling all men to take part in His salvific redemption, and for a relationship with Christ. They should hold discussions with them, excel them in prudence and courtesy, and initiate research on social and public practices which should be improved in line with the spirit of the Gospel.
Since Christ, sent by the Father, is the source and origin of the whole apostolate of the Church, the success of the lay apostolate depends upon the laity’s living union with Christ, in keeping with the Lord’s words, “He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me apostlicam can do nothing” John It has always been the duty of Christian married partners but today it is the greatest part of their apostolate to manifest and prove by their own way of life the indissolubility and sacredness of the marriage bond, strenuously to affirm the right and duty of parents and guardians to educate children in a Christian manner, and to defend the dignity and lawful autonomy of the family.
This decree describes the nature, character and diversity of the lay apostolate. Actuositatwm greatest commandment in the law is to love God with one’s whole heart and one’s neighbor as oneself cf.