Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

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, unfulfilled, and starving for something more?

Every single one of us is built with a deep, relentless longing in our hearts. Only, so many people don’t even know what it is that they long for. It’s like a starving person who doesn’t realize that what they need is food

All they need is Jesus Christ and His Truth—a personal living relationship with God. But so often there is no one willing or able to introduce them to Him! “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few” (Lk. 10:2).

Our society is starving without Jesus and so many Catholics walk away hungry—the world and our Church is groaning with hunger pains. 

But we have been given the Bread of Life. We know Him and know that it is Jesus they are hungry for. To know this is an incredible privilege and an immense responsibility. Will you feed the poor and bring Him to them? Will you introduce them to Jesus?

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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 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...

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