Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Chapter I, n. 2) – These reflections on apostolate of the laity are of interest with regard to the apostolate Opus Dei members carry out in society. Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, no. Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem). Victor Clore . English translation in ). This book was quite popular with theologians, and. (The following is a summary of Apostolicam Actuositatem, of the Second Vatican Council. It retains the original preface and the chapter and numbering.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. They prudently help them in the choice of their vocation and carefully promote any sacred vocation which they may discern in them.

Retrieved 18 May Strengthened by active participation in the liturgical life of their community, they are eager to do their share of the apostolic works of that community.

The faithful are called to engage in the apostolate as individuals in the varying circumstances of their life. They are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people cf. In this way, by giving spiritual help to one another through friendship and the communicating of the benefit of their experience, they are trained to overcome the disadvantages of excessively isolated life and activity and to make their apostolate more productive.

It is especially on this level that the apostolate of the laity and the pastoral ministry are mutually complementary.

Since the council, the magisterium has repeatedly called on lay people to exercise their common priesthood as a witness to Christ in the world apoostolicam response to the advances of secularism. Indeed, the spirit of unity should be promoted in order that fraternal charity may be resplendent in the whole apostolate of the Church, common goals may be attained, and apostolicaam rivalries avoided. The laity can engage in their apostolic activity either as individuals or together as members of various groups or associations.

Summary of Apostolicam Actuositatem

Catholics skilled in public affairs and adequately enlightened in faith and Christian doctrine should not refuse to administer pubic affairs since by doing this in a worthy apostolicaam they can both further the common good and at the same time prepare the way for the Gospel. Chapter II — Objectives 6. There are many forms of the apostolate whereby the laity build up the Church, sanctify the world, and give it life in Christ.


They bring people who perhaps are far removed from it and offer special skills to make the care of souls more effective. As they become more conscious of their own personalities, they are impelled by a zest for life and a ready eagerness to assume their own responsibility, and they yearn to play their part in social and cultural life.

Deserving of special honor and commendation in the Church are those lay people, single or married, who devote themselves with professional experience, either permanently or temporarily, to the service of associations and their activities. Wherever there are people in need of food and drink, clothing, housing, medicine, employment, education; wherever men lack the facilities necessary for living a truly human life or are afflicted with serious distress or illness or suffer exile or imprisonment, there Christian charity should seek them out and find them, console them with great solicitude, and help them with appropriate relief.

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The apostolate in the social milieu, that is, the effort to infuse a Christian spirit into the mentality, customs, laws, and structures of the community in which one lives, is so actjositatem the duty and responsibility of the laity that it can never be performed properly by others.

Councils actuositatemm this type should be established as far as possible also on the parochial, interparochial, and interdiocesan level as well as in the national or international sphere. In loyalty to their country and in faithful fulfillment of their civic obligations, Catholics should feel themselves obliged to promote the true common good.

Through continuous dialogue with the laity, these priests should carefully investigate which forms make apostolic activity more fruitful. If young people lack this formation either because they do not attend these schools or because of any other reason, all the more should parents, pastors of souls, and apostolic organizations attend to it.

The individual apostolate, flowing generously from its source in a truly Christian life cf. Children must be educated, too, in such fashion that transcending the family circle, they may open their minds to both ecclesiastical and temporal communities. For there are many persons who can hear the Gospel and recognize Christ only through the laity who live near them.

Apostolicaj Read Edit View history. To intensify the apostolic activity of the people of God, 1 the most holy synod earnestly addresses itself to the laity, whose proper and indispensable role in the mission of the Church has already been dealt with in other documents.


They should develop an ever-increasing appreciation of their own diocese, of which the parish is a kind of cell, ever ready at their pastor’s invitation to participate in diocesan projects.

Decree on Missionary Activity of Church, nos. An indication of this manifold and pressing need is the unmistakable work being done apostolixam by the Holy Spirit apostplicam making the laity ever more conscious of their own responsibility and encouraging them to serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances. They fulfill their mission also by fraternal charity which presses them to share in the living conditions, labors, sorrows, and aspirations of their brethren with the result that the hearts of all about them are quietly prepared for the workings of saving grace.

On all Christians therefore is laid the preeminent responsibility of working to make the divine message of salvation known and accepted by all men engilsh the world. Therefore, the laity should hold in high esteem and, according to their ability, aid the works of charity and projects for social assistance, whether public or private, including international programs whereby effective help is given to needy individuals and peoples.

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By virtue of this mission, the laity are fully subject to higher ecclesiastical control in the performance of this work. Otherwise those engaged in the apostolate are often unable to bear up under the pressure of public opinion or of social institutions. Finally, the laity should vivify their life with charity and express it as best they can in their works.

Impelled by divine charity, they do good to all men, especially to those of the household of the faith cf. They should remember, nevertheless, that man is naturally social and that it has pleased God to unite those who believe in Christ into the people of God cf. Assuming human nature, He bound the whole human race to Himself as a family through a certain supernatural solidarity and established charity as the mark of His disciples, saying, “By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” John