Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 6: Secularism In The Church

The Church itself is not immune from secularism. All of us are tempted to fall into cultural Catholicism. We continually try to create a way to keep our Catholic card but live like the rest of the culture.

But to be Catholic is to be countercultural. To follow Jesus means living a life that really is different from others. It’s impossible to authentically live the lay vocation and just be like everyone else. Holiness means to be set apart, to be different. 

So we can’t be satisfied when our parishes or dioceses settle for cultural Catholicism or act as if Catholic identity is living like everyone else, just with a little Jesus sprinkled on top. 

Through the countercultural life of following Jesus, you are called to help your parish and diocese avoid the disastrous path of cultural Catholicism. You are called to the constant, difficult work of Church renewal. And this only happens if we commit to live an authentically radical Catholic life—one where we seek to encounter Jesus, be transformed by Him, and share His mission—no matter how odd it may seem to the rest of the world.

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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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