Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

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 problem to be solved, it’s a place filled with souls waiting to be transformed. As Christ puts it, it’s a vineyard—His vineyard. 

The world doesn’t need a solution, especially not from one of us. It needs to be transformed in Christ, just as a vineyard needs to be transformed into wine. 

Only He can save the world, the Church, me. Only He can transform people into saints. And He doesn’t ask us to throw solutions at the world from afar. He points to all of humanity and to His Church and shows us that far from being an enemy to conquer or a problem to solve, it is a vineyard to be entered, nurtured, and transformed with love. 

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Week 9: The Laity Belong To The Church

Last week we saw that the laity is a source of hope and love. This leads us to paragraph No. 9 of Christifideles Laici and John Paul II’s next teaching that the laity belongs to the Church and is responsible for helping Her to thrive!  The laity plays an important and...

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Week 8: The Laity Is A Source Of Hope And Love

The challenges are immense, even overwhelming. Facing the sheer depth of despair, anxiety, helplessness, and fear in the world and in the Church can make us discouraged. Very quickly we begin to hear the lie creep in, “This is all too much. What can you do? You are...

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Week 7: The World’s Hunger For Truth

When you look at those who don’t follow Jesus or engage with Catholics who don’t take their Faith seriously, what do you see? Do you see an enemy? A problem to be dealt with? An annoyance to be ignored or side-stepped? Or do you see someone who is secretly miserable,...

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