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    1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church The vocation of lay people 898 By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God s will It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer 431 899 The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social political and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life This initiative is a normal element of the life of the Church Lay believers are in the front line of Church life for them the Church is the animating principle of human society Therefore they in particular ought to have an ever clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church but of being the Church that is to say the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope the common Head and of the bishops in communion with him They are the Church 432 900 Since like all the faithful lay Christians are entrusted by God with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation they have the right and duty individually or grouped in associations to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth This duty is the more pressing when it is only through them that men can hear the Gospel and know

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    dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit are marvellously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit maybe produced in them For all their works prayers and apostolic undertakings family and married life daily work relaxation of mind and body if they are accomplished in the Spirit indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord And so worshipping everywhere by their holy actions the laity consecrate the world itself to God everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives 434 902 In a very special way parents share in the office of sanctifying by leading a conjugal life in the Christian spirit and by seeing to the Christian education of their children 435 903 Lay people who possess the required qualities can be admitted permanently to the ministries of lector and acolyte 436 When the necessity of the Church warrants it and when ministers are lacking lay persons even if they are not lectors or acolytes can

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    them as witnesses and provides them with the sense of the faith sensus fidei and the grace of the word 438 To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer 439 905 Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization that is the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life For lay people this evangelization acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world 440 This witness of life however is not the sole element in the apostolate the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word either to unbelievers or to the faithful 441 906 Lay people who are capable and trained may also collaborate in catechetical formation in teaching the sacred sciences and in use of the communications media 442 907 In accord with the knowledge competence and preeminence which they possess lay people have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and they have a right to make their opinion

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    a king who makes his own body an obedient subject and by governing himself with suitable rigor refuses to let his passions breed rebellion in his soul for he exercises a kind of royal power over himself And because he knows how to rule his own person as king so too does he sit as its judge He will not let himself be imprisoned by sin or thrown headlong into wickedness 446 909 Moreover by uniting their forces let the laity so remedy the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an inducement to sin that these may be conformed to the norms of justice favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue By so doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral value 447 910 The laity can also feel called or be in fact called to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community for the sake of its growth and life This can be done through the exercise of different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow on them 448 911 In the Church lay members of the Christian faithful can cooperate in the exercise of this power of governance in accord with the norm of law 449 And so the Church provides for their presence at particular councils diocesan synods pastoral councils the exercise of the pastoral care of a parish collaboration in finance committees and participation in ecclesiastical tribunals etc 450 912 The faithful should distinguish carefully between the rights and the duties which they have as belonging to the Church and those which fall to them as members of the human society They will strive to unite the two harmoniously remembering that in every temporal

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    the mystery of the Church It is a gift she has received from her Lord a gift she offers as a stable way of life to the faithful called by God to profess the counsels Thus the Church can both show forth Christ and acknowledge herself to be the Savior s bride Religious life in its various forms is called to signify the very charity of God in the language of our time 927 All religious whether exempt or not take their place among the collaborators of the diocesan bishop in his pastoral duty 469 From the outset of the work of evangelization the missionary planting and expansion of the Church require the presence of the religious life in all its forms 470 History witnesses to the outstanding service rendered by religious families in the propagation of the faith and in the formation of new Churches from the ancient monastic institutions to the medieval orders all the way to the more recent congregations 471 Secular institutes 928 A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which the Christian faithful living in the world strive for the perfection of charity and work for the sanctification of the world especially from within 472 929 By a life perfectly and entirely consecrated to such sanctification the members of these institutes share in the Church s task of evangelization in the world and from within the world where their presence acts as leaven in the world 473 Their witness of a Christian life aims to order temporal things according to God and inform the world with the power of the gospel They commit themselves to the evangelical counsels by sacred bonds and observe among themselves the communion and fellowship appropriate to their particular secular way of life 474 Societies of apostolic life 930 Alongside the different forms of consecrated life are societies of apostolic life whose members without religious vows pursue the particular apostolic purpose of their society and lead a life as brothers or sisters in common according to a particular manner of life strive for the perfection of charity through the observance of the constitutions Among these there are societies in which the members embrace the evangelical counsels according to their constitutions 475 Consecration and mission proclaiming the King who is corning 931 Already dedicated to him through Baptism the person who surrenders himself to the God he loves above all else thereby consecrates himself more intimately to God s service and to the good of the Church By this state of life consecrated to God the Church manifests Christ and shows us how the Holy Spirit acts so wonderfully in her And so the first mission of those who profess the evangelical counsels is to live out their consecration Moreover since members of institutes of consecrated life dedicate themselves through their consecration to the service of the Church they are obliged in a special manner to engage in missionary work in accord with the character of the institute 476

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    eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church Evangelical counsels consecrated life 915 Christ proposes the evangelical counsels in their great variety to every disciple The perfection of charity to which all the faithful are called entails for those who freely follow the call to consecrated life the obligation of practicing chastity in celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom poverty and obedience It is the profession of these counsels within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church that characterizes the life consecrated to God 454 916 The state of the consecrated life is thus one way of experiencing a more intimate consecration rooted in Baptism and dedicated totally to God 455 In the consecrated life Christ s faithful moved by the Holy Spirit propose to follow Christ more nearly to give themselves to God who is loved above all and pursuing the perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom to signify and proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come 456 Notes 454 Cf

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    Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church One great tree with many branches 917 From the God given seed of the counsels a wonderful and wide spreading tree has grown up in the field of the Lord branching out into various forms of the religious life lived in solitude or in community Different religious families have come into existence in which spiritual resources are multiplied for the progress in holiness of their members and for the good of the entire Body of Christ 457 918 From the very beginning of the Church there were men and women who set out to follow Christ with greater liberty and to imitate him more closely by practicing the evangelical counsels They led lives dedicated to God each in his own way Many of them under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit became hermits or founded religious families These the Church by virtue of her authority gladly accepted and approved 458 919 Bishops will always strive to discern new gifts

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    life 920 Without always professing the three evangelical counsels publicly hermits devote their life to the praise of God and salvation of the world through a stricter separation from the world the silence of solitude and assiduous prayer and penance 460 921 They manifest to everyone the interior aspect of the mystery of the Church that is personal intimacy with Christ Hidden from the eyes of men the life of

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