The first day of the Cursillo is very general, and the approach of the outline is very careful in not telling the participant how to live as a Christian and an apostle. In the end such projects lose their effectiveness as a result of an impersonal functionalism, an overgrown bureaucracy, unjust private interests and an all-too-easy and generalized disengagement from a sense of duty. Incorporated in Jesus Christ, the baptized are united to him and to his sacrifice in the offering they make of themselves and their daily activities cf. In this dialogue between God who offers his gifts, and the person who is called to exercise responsibility, there comes the possibility, indeed the necessity, of a total and ongoing formation of the lay faithful, as the Synod Fathers have rightly emphasized in much of their work. Public Life: for Everyone and by Everyone 42.
Finally, we are unable to overlook another phenomenon that is quite evident in present-day humanity: perhaps as never before in history, humanity is daily buffeted by conflict. Gen 11:1-9 which spreads confusion, struggle, disintegration and oppression. They need to feel the importance of the apostolate to their life. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People Apostolicam Actuositatem, 4. If you seek clarity, truth, knowledge and understanding, I can assure you that by reading this biography you will acquire it, and in great abundance.
The pope's letter expresses the obedience of the Church to the biblical word lived in the Tradition and it precisely defines the limits of the Church's authority. No one, no individual, no group, no authority, no state, can change--let alone eliminate--them because such rights find their source in God himself. They exercise their kingship as Christians, above all in the spiritual combat in which they seek to overcome in themselves the kingdom of sin cf. For this purpose ecclesial communion cannot be interpreted in a sufficient way if it is understood as simply a sociological or a psychological reality. In that body, the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe.
Once again we find ourselves before many persons--our sisters and brothers--whose fundamental rights are being violated, owing to their exceedingly great capacity for endurance and to the clear injustice of certain civil laws: the right to life and to integrity; the right to a house and to work; the right to a family and responsible parenthood; the right to participation in public and political life; the right to freedom of conscience and the practice of religion. It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle. The Fathers have manifested a deep appreciation for the contribution of the lay faithful, both women and men, in the work of the apostolate, in evangelization, sanctification and the Christian animation of temporal affairs, as well as their generous willingness to supply in situations of emergency and chronic necessity. Summary of Cardinal Ratzinger's Commentary on Ordinatio Sacerdotalis This is a summary of Cardinal Ratzinger's commentary on Pope John Paul's letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, which appeared in the 2 July issue of La Civilta Cattolica a theological journal published by the Jesuits in Rome. Above all, there is the image of the Body as set forth by the Apostle Paul.
Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away. 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. In the words of Saint Paul we find again the faithful echo of the teaching of Jesus himself, which reveals the mystical unity of Christ with his disciples and the disciples with each other, presenting it as an image and extension of that mystical communion that binds the Father to the Son and the Son to the Father in the bond of love, the Holy Spirit cf. In particular, the lay faithful's responsibility as professionals in this field, exercised both by individual right and through community initiatives and institutions, demands a recognition of all its values, and demands that it be sustained by more adequate resource materials, both intellectual and pastoral. In no other moment in history is this fact more fruitful and innovative.
Free to Call Upon the Name of the Lord 39. This is witnessed, among other ways, in the new manner of active collaboration among priests, religious and the lay faithful; the active participation in the Liturgy, in the proclamation of the Word of God and catechesis; the multiplicity of services and tasks entrusted to the lay faithful and fulfilled by them; the flourishing of groups, associations and spiritual movements as well as a lay commitment in the life of the Church; and in the fuller and meaningful participation of women in the development of society. They provide a witness to the entire Church, the hierarchy, the priests and laity, of a life totally devoted to God. To return to the first level, the pope is the guarantor of the Church's obedience to the will of the Lord. Moved by this faith it tries to discern authentic signs of God's presence and purpose in the events, the needs, and the longings which it shares with other people of our time.
It is of singular importance that scientific and technological research done by the faithful be correct from the standpoint of service to an individual in the totality of the context of one's values and needs: to these lay faithful the Church entrusts the task of allowing all to better understand the intimate bond that exists between faith and science, between the gospel and human culture. Both in her earliest days and in her successive development the Church, albeit in different ways and with diverse emphases, has always known women who have exercised an oftentimes decisive role in the Church herself and accomplished tasks of considerable value on her behalf. Stand in awe and rejoice, we have become Christ. Today we have the greatest need of saints whom we must assiduously beg God to raise up. It has been so from the beginning, from apostolic times. The Bible delights in presenting the older person as the symbol of someone rich in wisdom and fear of the Lord cf. So the emphasis in this talk is in the call to be an apostle in the world.
Cardinal Ratzinger responds that because Jesus omitted to free the servant cannot be put on the same level as the positive choice of Jesus to call the Twelve, which is one of the primary acts of the Lord in the New Testament. In such a way communion leads to mission, and mission itself to communion. It is work of grace - our mission is a gift from God. Rom 6:12 , and then to make a gift of themselves so as to serve, in justice and in charity, Jesus who is himself present in all his brothers and sisters, above all in the very least cf. The activity of the lay faithful, who are always present in these surroundings, is revealed in these days as increasingly necessary and valuable.