01.23.14

Meds

In Conversation with God:

… He did not heal all the sick people in the world, nor did He eliminate all the sufferings of this life, for pain is not an absolute evil, as sin is, and it can have an incomparable redemptive value, if we unite it to the sufferings of Christ…

… in every man’s life there comes a time, sooner or later, when his soul feels frustrated and exhausted…

The task of a Christian is to drown evil in an abundance of good. It is not a question of negative campaigns, or of being ‘anti’ anything. On the contrary, we should live positively, full of optimism, with youthfulness, joy and peace…

… you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvellous light…

All participate in the priesthood of Christ. All act as mediators in their apostolate and life of piety. It is in this manner that temporal activities may be converted into spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. This is then a real priesthood, although it is essentially distinct from the ministerial priesthood in which the priest takes the place of Christ. Nevertheless, both the priest and the laity are ordained to participate in the unique priesthood of Christ, each in his own manner…

The faithful participate in the priestly mission of Christ when they lead lives centred on the Holy Mass. Yet their eucharistic participation is not limited to the duration of the liturgy or to liturgical celebrations alone. The principal field of activity for the laity lies in the realm of professional work, in the fulfilment of family and social duties.

The laity take part in the prophetic mission of Christ. They are called to proclaim the word of God not just in the confines of the Church, but out in the middle of the world: in the factory, the office, the club, the home…

Christians also participate in the royal mission of Christ... They do not allow themselves to become enslaved by their work. They work with rectitude of intention for the glory of God. The role of the laity should not be thought of as simply an extension of the clerical state. Perhaps some lay people will tend towards church-related activities, but this avenue is not the fulfilment of the secular vocation. The laity will practise their unity with Christ in the real world of work and family… Their principal and primary function is not to establish or promote ecclesial communities, which is the special function of pastors, but to develop and make effective all those latent Christian and evangelical possibilities which already exist and operate in the world. The laity are to influence the social order with those Christian principles which will act to humanize and elevate, principles such as the dignity and primacy of the human person, social solidarity, the sanctity of the family and marriage, liberty with responsibility, love for truth, the pursuit of justice, mutual understanding and fraternal charity. The laity are not, and were never meant to be, the ‘long arm’ of the hierarchy. They are not a part or an extension of an official Catholic system. They are, or rather each one is, in his or her own right and on the basis of his or her piety and competence and doctrine, meant to be the presence of Christ in secular affairs…

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… whatever you’ve been told, you’re worth more than gold…

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