Part of my research for Pray, Study, Work – I’ve been reading the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem) from the Second Vatican Council. Every Catholic ought to read this, and Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution on the Faith).
In a nutshell (because this has to be a brief post this morning), the laity have two major functions in the life of Christendom:
First, we have a duty, a mandate, to bring the Gospel into the secular world we frequent in our careers, education, and daily associations.
Second, we have the mandate to infuse that worldly world with Gospel values – to be a redeeming influence on it.
Now. It may be because I live in an area where a lot of retirees move, but it seems to me that I far too frequently hear Catholics complain that they’ve “done their bit,” and are now ready to kick back and relax a bit.
Ladies and gentlemen: There is no retirement from the Church Militant. We hope to graduate, but resignation is unthinkable!
This is the sort of attitude I lament in “Spiritual Warfare.” Our culture is in the mess it’s in because good Christian people – Catholic and nonCatholic – have bought into the lie that we have an obligation to shut up and get out of the way so that people who reject our paradigm can do whatever they want in order to think they’re “happy.”
We need to get off our fannies and quit acting as if we were called to be Church Somnolent.