Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

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 active role in the Church’s life. Each one of us is called to build up our parish by taking initiative and contributing meaningfully to its mission. 

So, participation in parish life isn’t just reserved for the few who have time on their hands; it’s part of how every Catholic layperson is meant to live their vocation. We belong to the Church and our role is indispensable

But, participating in the Church never means replacing the priest. Instead, true lay participation means using our talents and gifts to support our priests in their mission to bring people to Jesus Christ. Just as we need our priests to live out their unique vocation, our priests need us to do the same. 

Our parishes, our priests, and our Church are counting on us to participate in the life of the Church. This is where we are meant to be and it is where we belong.

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Week 16: Temples of the Spirit

Have you ever lost your keys and ended up searching all over the place? Maybe you even look in the same drawer two or three times? You know they’re around, but they just don’t seem to be anywhere. Well, sometimes this is how it is with God too. We know He is...

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Week 15: One Body in Christ

Critics of the Church often accuse Her of all sorts of scandal, politics, and power struggles. Well, they’re right! The Church today and through the years has been filled with disunity. We can’t pretend these problems haven’t been there in the past or that they don’t...

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Week 14: Children of God

One of our team members was talking to an atheist who said, “I just can't accept a God who is Father.” His earthly dad had been so cruel that he couldn’t bring himself to see God as a good dad. Although the challenge might not always be this intense, even a Catholic...

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