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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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Apostoilcam XII, allocution to pastors, etc. Doing this, they should be aware of the fact that they are cooperating with God the creator, redeemer, and sanctifier and are giving praise to Him.

Apostolifam, the lay apostolate admits of different types of relationships with the hierarchy in accordance with the various forms and objects of this apostolate. Whether these forms of the apostolate have aposttolicam name of “Catholic Action” or some other title, they exercise an apostolate of great value for our times and consist in the combination and simultaneous possession of the following characteristics:.

The laity share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and by this have their own share of the mission of the whole people of God. This mission-to be the first and vital cell of society-the family has received from God.

In so doing, they should cooperate with all men of good will. Whether the lay apostolate apostoljcam exercised by the faithful as individuals or as members of organizations, it should be incorporated into the apostolate of the whole Church according to a right system of relationships. 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 englisu immediately spiritual purpose, thereby assuming in them a special responsibility.

Apostolicam Actuositatem

The sacraments, however, especially the most holy Eucharist, communicate and nourish that charity which is the soul of the entire apostolate.

Furthermore, the laity should be aware of the international field and of the questions and solutions, doctrinal aactuositatem well as practical, which arise in this field, with special reverence to developing nations.

To facilitate the attainment of the goals of their englissh, it can be useful for families to be brought together into groups.

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. Young persons exert very important influence in modern society.

Indeed, union with those whom the Holy Spirit has assigned to rule His Church cf.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. From the acceptance of these charisms, including those which are more elementary, there arise for actuosiattem believer the egnlish and duty to aposttolicam them in the Church and in the world for apostloicam good of men and the building up of the Church, in the freedom of the Holy Spirit who “breathes where He wills” John 3: By virtue of this mission, the laity are fully subject to higher ecclesiastical control in the performance of this work.


They should promote the spirit of unity within the association as well as between it and others. Their apostolic dynamism depends on their conformity with the goals of the Church as well as on the Christian witness and evangelical spirit of every member and of the whole association.

True apostles however, are not content with this activity alone but endeavor to announce Christ to their neighbors by means of the spoken word as well. The apostolate in the social milieu, that is, the effort to infuse a Christian spirit into the mentality, customs, laws, and structures of the community in which one lives, is so much the duty and responsibility of the laity that it can never be performed properly by others.

Organizations in which, in the opinion of the hierarchy, actiositatem ensemble of these characteristics is realized, must be considered to be Catholic Action even though they take on various forms and titles because of the needs of different actuosiitatem and peoples. There are many forms of the apostolate whereby the laity build up the Church, sanctify the world, and give it life in Christ.

It is evident, therefore, that those who have the obligation to provide a Christian education also have the duty of providing formation for the apostolate.

This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat For this reason the faithful should participate in the apostolate by way of united effort. A particular form of the individual apostolate as well apostolucam a sign specially actuowitatem to our times is the testimony of the whole lay life arising from engkish, hope, and charity.

Since in our times, different forms of materialism are spread far and wide even among Catholic, the laity should not only learn doctrine more diligently, especially those main points which are the subjects of controversy, but should also exhibit the witness of an evangelical life in contrast to all forms of materialism. I invite you read the actual document itself, from the Vatican website by clicking here.

Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. The vast field for the apostle it is opened up in the national and international levels, and the laity should make their opinion felt in civil authority, acting with justice in legislation for the common good.

While their social and even their political importance is growing from day to day, they seem to be unable to cope adequately with their new responsibilities. All associations of the apostolate must be given due appreciation. Apostolicam Actuositatem Apostolicam Actuositatem Chapter: Their members meet in small groups with their associates or friends, examine the methods and results of their apostolic activity, and compare their daily way of life with the Gospel.


This life of intimate union with Christ in the Church is nourished by spiritual aids which are common to all the faithful, especially active participation in the sacred liturgy. In this area the laity can exercise the apostolate of like toward like. This formation should be deemed the basis and condition for every successful apostolate. Now, in view of the progress of social institutions and the the fast- moving pace of modern society, the global nature of the Church’s mission requires that apostolic enterprises of Catholics should more and more develop organized forms in the international sphere.

Well-informed about the modern world, the lay person should be a member of his own community and adjusted to its culture. 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. Apostolicam Actuositatem follows upon Lumen gentiumthe “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church”, of 21 Novemberwhich in Chapter IV, discusses the laity, by which they mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders or religious institutes.

In this way the laity must make progress in holiness in a happy and ready spirit, trying prudently and patiently to overcome difficulties. Ever productive as they should be in the work of the Lord, they know that their labor in Him is not in vain cf.

Apostolicam Actuositatem – Oxford Scholarship

This apostolate becomes more atuositatem in view of the fact that many areas of human life have become increasingly autonomous. They should remember, nevertheless, that man is naturally social and that it has pleased God to unite those who believe in Christ into the people of God cf.

Furthermore, centers of documentation and study not only in theology but also in apodtolicam, psychology, sociology, and methodology should actuosihatem established for all fields of the apostolate for the better development of the natural capacities of the laity-men and women, young persons and adults. If this zeal is imbued with the spirit of Christ and is inspired by obedience and love for the Church, it can be expected to be very fruitful.

Special care should be taken to select priests who are capable of promoting particular forms of the apostolate of the laity and are properly trained.