Tag: Lumen Gentium

The Nature of the Church as the People of God

Recently, I have been rereading some documents from the Second Vatican Council. These documents speak just as prophetically to our present situation today as they did over 50 years ago. As part of our strategic planning and because of some of the challenges we face today, I wanted to take a fresh look at the document Lumen Gentium (LG) – The Dogmatic Constitution On The Church. Each generation benefits by growing in their own understanding of the nature of the Church and the grace and calling that belongs to each of us as members of […]

Vatican II on the Universal Call to Holiness

In light of yesterday’s post, and in keeping with the Year of Faith’s invitation to read the documents of Vatican II, here is an excerpt from one of the classical passages of Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: CHAPTER V THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH 39. The Church, whose mystery is being set forth by this Sacred Synod, is believed to be indefectibly holy. Indeed Christ, the Son of God, who with the Father and the Spirit is praised as “uniquely holy,” (1*) loved the Church as His bride, […]

Gift of Redemption

The summer before I entered the seminary, 1984, I built a grotto in the backyard.  I got the idea from my uncle, Fr. Bernie Voges, who built a shrine for the Blessed Mother in my Grandmother’s backyard.  I planted two small evergreens next to the grotto.  Today, the trees are a good twenty feet tall and completely cover the grotto…just what I envisioned twenty six years ago. I often wonder if I am becoming what God envisioned when He created me.  I wonder the same about each of us, about our society, and Church.  Are we […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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