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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The various movements and projects of the apostolate of the laity throughout the world should also be represented in this secretariat, and here clergy and Religious also are to cooperate with the laity. Indeed, everyone should diligently prepare himself for the apostolate, this preparation being the more urgent in adulthood. This formation for the apostolate should rest upon those bases which have been stated and proclaimed by this most holy council in other documents.

This life of intimate union with Christ in the Church is nourished by spiritual aids which are common to all the faithful, especially active participation in the sacred liturgy. Chapter V Article Schools, colleges, and other Catholic educational institutions also have the duty to develop a Catholic sense and apostolic activity in englush persons.

The laity are especially characterized by the secular and particular quality of their own form of the spiritual life. This plan for the spiritual life of the laity should take its particular character from their married or family state or their single or widowed state, from their state of health, and from their professional and social activity. The temporal order must be renewed in aposgolicam a way that, without detriment to its own proper laws, it may be brought into conformity with the higher principles of the Christian life and adapted to the shifting circumstances of time, place, and peoples.

This mission-to be the first and vital cell of society-the family has received from God. The apostolate of the Church and of all its members is primarily designed to manifest Christ’s sctuositatem by words and deeds and to communicate His grace to the world.

Through continuous actuositatfm with the laity, these priests should carefully investigate which forms make apostolic activity more fruitful.

Summary of Apostolicam Actuositatem

Chapter 1 Article 2: Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. The group apostolate of Christian believers then happily corresponds to a human and Christian need and at the same time signifies the communion and unity of the Church in Christ, who said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matt.


Learn more about Verbum here. They should also hold in high esteem professional skill, family and civic spirit, and the virtues relating to social customs, namely, honesty, justice, sincerity, kindness, and courage, without which no true Christian life can exist. Following Jesus in His poverty, they are neither depressed by the lack of temporal goods nor inflated by their abundance; imitating Christ in His humility, they have no obsession for empty honors cf.

Decree on Ecumenism, nos.

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Verbum is a state-of-the-art library that connects thousands of resources so that you can study a subject with layers of depth, analysis, and understanding. Search my Subject Specializations: The very testimony of their Christian life and good works done in a supernatural spirit have the power to draw men to belief and to God; for the Lord says, “Even so let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Matt.

The greatest commandment in the law is to love God with one’s whole heart and one’s neighbor as oneself cf.

Maintaining the proper relationship to Church authorities, 5 the laity have the right to found and control such associations 6 and to join those already existing. My Book is Finally Here! It is evident, therefore, that those who have the obligation to provide englisy Christian education also have the duty of providing formation for the apostolate. All those things which make up the temporal order, namely, the good things of life and the prosperity of the family, culture, englizh matters, engliwh arts and professions, the laws of the political community, international relations, and other matters of this kind, as well as their development and progress, not only aid in the attainment of man’s ultimate goal but also possess their own intrinsic value.

Everywhere and in all things they must seek the justice of God’s kingdom.

They should become the first to carry on the apostolate directly to other young persons, concentrating their apostolic efforts within their own circle, according to the needs of the social environment in which they actuosifatem. This formation must be perfected throughout their whole life in keeping with the demands of new responsibilities. These associations serve the mission of the Church to the world. Councils of 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.


Therefore in adults should stimulate young people and cultivate them to respect and trust. The whole family in its common life, then, should be a sort of apprenticeship for the apostolate. Associations are not ends unto themselves; rather they should serve the mission of the Church englishh the world.

I invite you read the actual document itself, from the Vatican website by clicking here. In both areas there are various opportunities for apostolic activity. Furthermore, the laity should be aware of the international field and of the questions and solutions, doctrinal as well as practical, which arise in this field, with special reverence to developing nations.

In addition to spiritual formation, a solid doctrinal instruction in theology, ethics, and philosophy adjusted to differences of age, status, and natural talents, is required. Thus they should be concerned about the needs of the people of God dispersed throughout the world. According to their ability they are true living witnesses of Christ among their companions. The hierarchy should promote the apostolate of the laity, provide it with spiritual principles and support, direct the conduct of this apostolate to the apostlicam good of the Church, and attend to a;ostolicam preservation of doctrine and order.

They should also take care to provide for these lay people the necessary formation, spiritual consolation, and incentive. Not only the effects but also the causes of these ills must be removed and the help be given in such a way that the recipients may gradually be freed from dependence on outsiders and become self-sufficient. Another requisite for the accomplishment of their task is a full consciousness of their role in building up society whereby they strive to perform their domestic, social, and professional duties with such Christian generosity that their manner of acting should gradually penetrate the whole world of life and labor.