Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Discover the Lay Vocation

What does it actually mean to be a lay person in the world? How are we to serve God, His Church, and His world? How are we to reach holiness?

A lot of the answers we hear can be boiled down to one of two misguided views:

Mistake 1:The laity can just sit back and do the bare minimum. Most of the work is for the bishops, priests, and religious.”


Mistake 2: “The laity needs more authority and power and we really don’t need these bishops and priests telling us what to do.”

The issue? Neither of these takes are what the Church actually teaches. For years, there has been extreme confusion about what it means to be a lay person, which is why Pope St. John Paul II wrote Christifideles Laici.

52 Weekly Reflections

This is his Apostolic Exhortation on the Mission and Vocation of the Lay Faithful and it has gone largely unread! In it, he shows how the lay life is central to God’s plan for the world and how it is meant to lead us to the height of holiness.

The lay life, like priestly and religious life, is designed to make us saints who transform the world and renew the Church.

Here at reCatholic, discovering Christifideles Laici has lit a fire in our hearts and transformed how we live out our lay vocation to help serve Jesus. And we want to make this treasure accessible for you too.

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Read Past Reflections

Week 3: Real Holiness

For thirty years, Jesus grew up in Nazareth living a quiet, ordinary life. But it was an ordinary life of extreme holiness. He learned a trade, helped around the house, and spent time growing in wisdom and favor with God and man (Lk. 2:52). Jesus didn’t limit holiness...

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Week 2: You Too Are Called to Holiness

The Church teaches that everyone is called to holiness. But many of us make the mistake of thinking, “Really the ones who are supposed to be holy are priests and religious. Deep prayer and evangelization—that falls under their job description, not mine.”  “Maybe” we...

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Week 1: The World Is A Vineyard

The world is not how it should be; the Church is not how it should be; I am not how I should be.  Things are broken and seem to demand a solution. But every time one of us takes it upon ourselves to fix it, things only get worse. But that’s because the world is not a...

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