Day #253: Apostolicam Actuositatem 4

In today’s reading from the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, we finish Chapter I on the vocation of the laity.

Article 4 discusses the great importance of the spiritual life of the laity and their union with Christ as a necessary part of living out their vocation to mission.  That is sort of obvious when you think about it, but the Council Fathers give us a nicely articulated reminder.

Here are the Scripture citations:

John 15:5

Col. 3:17

Acts 17:28

Rom. 8:18

1 Peter 2:1

Rom. 5:5

cf. Gal. 5:26

cf. Luke 14:26

cf. Matt. 5:10

Matt. 16:24

And the footnotes:

5. cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Liturgy, Chap. 1, no. 11: A.A.S. 56 (1964) pp. 102-103.

6. cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Nature of the Church, no. 32: A.A.S. 57 (1965) p. 38; cf. also nos. 40-41: ibid., pp. 45-47.

7. ibid., no. 62, p. 63; cf. also no. 65. ibid., pp. 64-65.

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