Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Role Of The Laity
Pope Francis said that he would like to see the laity more involved in the Church. Of course, this never meant to go against the Church or the Archbishop. It also does not mean to become lectors and alter servers, although that is a good thing. It also does not mean to stand at an abortion clinic protesting against abortion, although that is also a good thing. Although all these are good things and should be done, Pope Francis was implying much more than these. The role of the laity is to spread the Gospel to all people in our workplace, our neighbors, and everywhere. According to the National Catholic Register (bold is my emphasis):
Cardinal Bergoglio was the principal author and presenter of the "Aparecida Document," which not only echoes many of his fundamental themes, but is a reliable indicator of his thought.
The reform of the laity, the document says, must involve them to become "missionary disciples in communion."
Those four words define the lay vocation: converted followers of Jesus, who together with others, share Jesus' life and faithfully seek to spread their joy, life and love to those who have not yet come into that twofold communion.
It's a community of believers trained and inspired to go out to transform politics, society, education, neighborhoods, family and marriages.
It's a brotherhood of Good Samaritans drawing near to neighbors with love and mercy. It's the faithful who are the salt of the earth and not just salty critics of the Church.
This sounds like the Neocatechumenal Way. The members of the NCW do not criticize the Church nor the Archbishop. We know that the members of the Church and the Archbishop is not perfect. Yet, we have always been supportive of the Church and Archbishop here on Guam. It was never the role of the laity to stage a protest against the Church or even their Church leaders. Against abortion.....yes! But certainly not against the Church or even the Church leaders. It was God who put the Archbishop as the leader, and who are we to tell God that He chose the wrong leader. Even David never went against King Saul because Saul was appointed by God. You can read the rest of this interesting article in the following website:
Reforming The Laity