November 16, 2015

We can’t get caught up in the small stuff the media bombards us with each day. We can’t even make sports, school, entertainment, or work more important than reaching out in love to others. We can’t get caught up in ourselves. Instead, we must focus on reaching out to people and sharing our love for the Lord and our commitment to his Church. This isn’t a task for tomorrow. They need us TODAY! (Justin Fatica, Win it All, pg 3,4)

November 15, 2015

Through charity towards one's neighbor, the lay faithful exercise and manifest their participation in the kingship of Christ, that is, in the power of the Son of man who “came not to be served but to serve”(Mk10:45). They live and manifest such a kingship in a most simple yet exalted manner, possible for everyone at all times because charity is the highest gift offered by the Spirit for building up the Church (cf. 1 Cor13:13) and for the good of humanity. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 41)

November 14, 2015

The lay faithful, having responsibility in various capacities and at different levels of science as well as in the medical, social, legislative and economic fields must courageously accept the "challenge" posed by new problems in bioethics…Today maximum vigilance must be exercised by everyone in the face of the phenomenon of the concentration of power and technology. In fact such a concentration has a tendency to manipulate not only the biological essence but the very content of people's consciences and life styles, thereby worsening the condition of entire peoples by discrimination and marginization. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 38)

November 13, 2015

Having received the responsibility of manifesting to the world the mystery of God that shines forth in Jesus Christ, the Church likewise awakens one person to another,giving a sense of one's existence, opening each to the whole truth about the individual and of each person's final destiny. From this perspective the Church is called, in virtue of her very mission of evangelization, to serve all humanity. Such service is rooted primarily in the extraordinary and profound fact that “through the Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion to every person.” (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 36)

November 12, 2015

Pursuing the saving purpose which is proper to her, the Church not only communicates divine life to all, but in some way casts the reflected light of that divine life over the entire earth. She does this most of all by her healing and elevating impact on the dignity of the human person, by the way in which she strengthens the bonds of human society, and imbues the daily activity of people with a deeper sense and meaning. Thus, through her individual members and the whole community, the Church believes she can contribute much to make the family of man and its history more human. (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 40)

November 11, 2015

A person’s rank is probably best revealed in what he gives to other men, in how he is able to form other men. [St.] Wolfgang was influential, not through books, but rather through men, to whom he communicated his strength of faith and his humanity, which proceeded from his faith. (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 95)

November 10, 2015

For years, Monica also sought out advice about her son. A bishop friend told her that it was better to talk to God about Augustine than to Augustine about God. He also said, “At present the heart of the young man is too stubborn, but God’s time will come. It is not possible that the son of so many tears should parish.” (Justin Fatica, Win it All, pg 80)

November 9, 2015

Certainly the command of Jesus: "Go and preach the Gospel" always maintains its vital value and its ever-pressing obligation. Nevertheless, the present situation,not only of the world but also of many parts of the Church, absolutely demands that the word of Christ receive a more ready and generous obedience.Every disciple is personally called by name; no disciple can withhold making a response: "Woe to me, if I do not preach the gospel" (1 Cor 9:16). (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 33)

November 8, 2015

What is first needed for the evangelization of the world are those who will evangelize.In this regard everyone, beginning with the Christian family, must feel the responsibility to foster the birth and growth of vocations,both priestly and religious as well as in the lay state, specifically directed to the missions.This should be done by relying on every appropriate means, but without ever neglecting the privileged means of prayer, according to the very words of the Lord Jesus: "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest!" (Mt 9:37, 38). (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 35)

November 7, 2015

The Church today ought to take a giant step forwardin her evangelization effort, and enter into a new stage of historyin her missionary dynamism. In a world where the lessening of distance makes the world increasingly smaller, the Church community ought to strengthen the bonds among its members, exchange vital energies and means, and commit itself as a group to a unique and common mission of proclaiming and living the Gospel.  (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 35)

November 6, 2015

At this moment the lay faithful, in virtue of their participation in the prophetic mission of Christ, are fully part of this work of the Church [evangelization]. Their responsibility, in particular, is to testify how the Christian faith constitutes the only fully valid response-consciously perceived and stated by all in varying degrees-to the problems and hopes that life poses to every person and society. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 34)

November 5, 2015

Through evangelization the Church is built up into a community of faith:more precisely, into a community that confessesthe faith in full adherence to the Word of God which is celebratedin the Sacraments, and livedin charity. In fact, the "good news" is directed to stirring a person to a conversion of heart and life and a clinging to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 33)

November 4, 2015

The entire mission of the Church, then, is concentrated and manifested in evangelization.Through the winding passages of history the Church has made her way under the grace and the command of Jesus Christ: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation”(Mk16:15) “...and lo, I am with you always, until the close of the age”(Mt 28:20). “To evangelize”, writes Paul VI, “is the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her most profound identity”. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 33)

November 3, 2015

The lay faithful, precisely because they are members of the Church, have the vocation and mission of proclaiming the Gospel: they are prepared for this work by the sacraments of Christian initiation and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit…They lead to the Church people who are perhaps far removed from it; they earnestly cooperate in presenting the Word of God. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 33)

November 2, 2015

Humanity is loved by God!This very simple yet profound proclamation is owed to humanity by the Church. Each Christian's words and life must make this proclamation resound: God loves you, Christ came for you, Christ is for you "the Way, the Truth and the Life!" (Jn 14:6). (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 34)

November 1, 2015

The spread of the gospel will be continual,since a person's life and faith will be one. Likewise the spread of the gospel will be particularly incisive,because in sharing fully in the unique conditions of the life, work, difficulties and hopes of their sisters and brothers, the lay faithful will be able to reach the hearts of their neighbors, friends, and colleagues, opening them to a full sense of human existence, that is, to communion with God and with all people. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 28)

October 31, 2015

In the apostolate exercised by the individual, great riches are waiting to be discovered through an intensification of the missionary effort of each of the lay faithful. Such an individual form of apostolate can contribute greatly to a more extensivespreading of the Gospel, indeed it can reach as many places as there are daily lives of individual members of the lay faithful. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 28)

October 30, 2015

Being “members” of the Church takes nothing away from the fact that each Christian as an individual is “unique and irrepeatable”…Therefore, God calls the individual in Jesus Christ, each one personally by name. In this sense, the Lord's words “You go into my vineyard too”, directed to the Church as a whole, come specially addressed to each member individually. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 28)

October 29, 2015

A member of the lay faithful can never remain in isolation from the community, but must live in a continual interaction with others, with a lively sense of fellowship, rejoicing in an equal dignity and common commitment to bring to fruition the immense treasure that each has inherited. The Spirit of the Lord gives a vast variety of charisms, inviting people to assume different ministries and forms of service and reminding them, as he reminds all people in their relationship in the Church, that what distinguishes persons is not an increase in dignity,but a special and complementary capacity for service. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 20)

October 28, 2015

Holiness, must be called a fundamental presupposition and an irreplaceable condition for everyone in fulfilling the mission of salvation within the Church. The Church's holiness is the hidden source and the infallible measure of the works of the apostolate and of the missionary effort. Only in the measure that the Church, is loved by him and she, in turn, loves him, does she become a mother fruitful in the Spirit. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 17)

October 27, 2015

The eyes of faith behold a wonderful scene: that of a countless number of lay people, both women and men, busy at work in their daily life and activity, unknown to the world's great personages but nonetheless looked upon in love by the Father, untiring laborers who work in the Lord's vineyard. Confident and steadfast through the power of God's grace, these are the humble yet great builders of the Kingdom of God in history. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 17)

October 26, 2015

The dignity as a Christian, the source of equality for all members of the Church, guarantees and fosters the spirit of communionand fellowship, and, at the same time, becomes the hidden dynamic force in the lay faithful's apostolate and mission. “Upon all the lay faithful, then, rests the exalted duty of working to assure that each day the divine plan of salvation is further extended to every person, of every era, in every part of the earth”. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 17)

October 25, 2015

The vocation to holiness is intimately connected to missionand to the responsibility entrusted to the lay faithful in the Church and in the world. In fact, that same holiness which is derived simply from their participation in the Church's holiness, represents their first and fundamental contribution to the building of the Church herself, who is the “Communion of Saints”. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 17)

October 24, 2015

The vocation to holiness must be recognized and lived by the lay faithful, first of all as an undeniable and demanding obligation and as a shining example of the infinite love of the Father that has regenerated them in his own life of holiness. Such a vocation, then, ought to be called an essential and inseparable element of the new life of Baptism,and therefore an element which determines their dignity. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 17)

October 23, 2015

“Neither family concerns nor other secular affairs should be excluded from their religious program of life”. The Synod Fathers have said: “The unity of life of the lay faithful is of the greatest importance: indeed they must be sanctified in everyday professional and social life. Therefore, to respond to their vocation, the lay faithful must see their daily activities as an occasion to join themselves to God, fulfill his will, serve other people and lead them to communion with God in Christ” (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 17)

October 22, 2015

The newness of the Christian life is the foundation and title for equality among all the baptized in Christ, for all the members of the People of God: Because of the one dignity flowing from Baptism, each member of the lay faithful, together with ordained ministers and men and women religious, shares a responsibility for the Church's mission. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 15)

October 21, 2015

The participation of the lay faithful in the threefold mission of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King finds its source in the anointing of Baptism, its further development in Confirmation and its realization and dynamic sustenance in the Holy Eucharist. It is a participation given to each member of the lay faithful individually,in as much as each is one of the manywho form the one Bodyof the Lord. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 14)

October 20, 2015

In particular the lay faithful are called to restore to creation all its original value. In ordering creation to the authentic well-being of humanity in an activity governed by the life of grace, they share in the exercise of the power with which the Risen Christ draws all things to himself and subjects them along with himself to the Father, so that God might be everything to everyone (cf. 1 Cor15:28; Jn12:32) (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 14)

October 19, 2015

The Church lives in the world, even if she is not of the world (cf. Jn17:16). She is sent to continue the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which "by its very nature concerns the salvation of humanity, and also involves the renewal of the whole temporal order"(31). Certainly all the membersof the Church are sharers in this secular dimension but in different ways. In particular the sharing of the lay faithfulhas its own manner of realization and function, which, according to the Council, is "properly and particularly" theirs. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 15)

October 18, 2015

Humanity is able to hope. Indeed it must hope: the living and personal Gospel, Jesus Christ himself, is the "good news" and the bearer of joythat the Church announces each day, and to whom the Church bears testimony before all people. The lay faithful have an essential and irreplaceable role in this announcement and in this testimony: through them the Church of Christ is made present in the various sectors of the world, as a sign and source of hope and of love. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 7)