Practically Speaking: Notes from the Parish

Authored by Patty Norris in Issue #34.3 of The Sower

Patty Norris discusses getting back to the Spirit of Vactican II.

“Every realm, circumstance and activity in which it is to be hoped that the unity between faith and life can shine, is entrusted to the responsibility of the lay faithful, moved by a desire to communicate the gift of encountering Christ and the certainty of the dignity of the human person.[i]

I came upon this statement from Pope Benedict XVI, while preparing a session on Apostolicism Actuositatem and Ad Gentes, as part of a Year of Faith study on the documents of the Second Vatican Council. In one sentence he has expressed the crucial roll all of us play in the mission of the Chruch. He has expressed the vision and mission of the Apostolate, still struggling to be born in the hearts of many and precariously lived by lay Catholics who move between a hostile secular world and an often confused or vapid Church culture.

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