Catechismal Crusader : In the World but not of the World

Tomorrow, Thursday March 7th, Mustard Seed will be highlighted by Juan Landa the founder of Mater Dei Tours, who will be discussing the importance of sanctifying ordinary work. It follows that this week the Crusader should focus on the role of the laity in the Church’s mission of holiness and evangelization. This topic also seems fitting for the Lenten season. Then again, most topics seem fitting for the Lenten season, except smiling. ( Just kidding you can smile on Sunday.) Of course this again is a joke, but Lent does call to mind a certain sense of rolling up the sleeves and getting down to the business of sanctification, even in the monotony that often accompanies everyday life.  Now maybe you are not familiar with the doldrums which creep into our lives from time to time, but if you, like me, sometimes find yourself slipping away from menial tasks like pipetting 3 uL 976 times then I expect this talk will be just what we need to help us become saints!  And I hope these paragraphs set the stage for holiness in the world:

897 “The term ‘laity’ is here understood to mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church. That is, the faithful, who by Baptism are incorporated into Christ and integrated into the People of God, are made sharers in their particular way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ, and have their own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the World.”430

898 “By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. . . . It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer.”431

899 The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. This initiative is a normal element of the life of the Church:

 Lay believers are in the front line of Church life; for them the Church is the animating principle of human society. Therefore, they in particular ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the common Head, and of the bishops in communion with him. They are the Church.432

901 “Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvelously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit may be produced in them. For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit – indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born – all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. And so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives.”434

913 “Thus, every person, through these gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the Church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.”‘452


This week let us pray that we may give glory to God in all we do and offer any resistance we may have within ourselves for the upcoming conclave!

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