THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2019
NEEDED TO RENEW CHURCH IN CRISIS
This is what we have been saying all along. But I will add
more reasons why the role of the laity is crucial in the renewal
of our Church, especially during these times of great crisis.
the harvest is rich but the laborers are few. God wants everyone
to be saved. Jesus already did what was necessary for this
to happen. And the Holy Spirit is with us on our journey to
heaven. But the rich harvest is not happening due to the lack
of laborers. Those laborers need to be the laity, who make
up 99.9+% of the Church.
the gospel needs to be proclaimed to all, reaching the grassroots
at the peripheries. Clerics have their hands full, just caring
for their parishes and other ministries. They have no time
to go and reach everyone. Who can do this? The laity.
as Fr. Bill says in #3, the bulk of evangelization is to be
done through the laity, especially the family. This is about
us being families on mission. Clerics
have special roles and it is not to have a family. But that
is our role. Evangelization starts with renewal of the couple,
then their children, then the family being an instrument for
doing mission in the world.
the laity have untapped potential. They are no longer the
sleeping giant, but are still drowsy in their stupor. What
they need to realize is that they are called, as baptized
Catholics, to be priest, prophet and king. They are not just
instruments for various services in parishes or Church orgs.
They are not just to animate the temporal order. They are
actually to take direct participation in the evangelistic
mission of our Church. This is their responsibility, as well
as their privilege.
the crisis that had been building up for half a century, the
Holy Spirit sounded the call to the New Evangelization. Unfortunately,
many have not heard of this, some have heard but are not doing
anything about it, some would like to do something but do
not know what to do. This sorry situation includes clerics,
from whom we do not hear much about the New Evangelization.
it is not just clerics who should instruct, train and support
the laity to participate fully in our Church’s mission,
but the laity themselves should help clerics understand and
act on the call to the New Evangelization.
the engagement of the clergy, we laity should realize God’s
call and act accordingly. It is our Church. We are directly
called to help renew and revitalize her. One way to do this
has already been revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. It is
the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) mission. Let us be about
Powerful Reasons It Will Take the Laity to Renew the Church
in Crisis, According to this Parish Priest
Fr. Bill Peckman - March 18, 2019
is said that for the Catholic Church to be renewed it will
take the laity.
is absolutely true for 3 reasons.
The laity make up the overwhelming amount of the Church.
have strength in numbers. This doesn’t mean that the
Church is a democracy. No, it does mean they have the largest
influence in the future. From the laity come future clergy.
clergy of the Church is not an inherited priesthood as was
the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament. The laity is
the initial seedbed of priestly and religious vocations. The
clergy serve Christ and His Church…they are not to be
served by Christ and His Church.
laity need to take this role seriously and hold their clergy
to high standards of holiness. They also need to be sure they
are just to the well-being of their clergy.
The laity hold the power of the purse.
is not a power to be abused or used to buy heresy. However,
the hierarchy is completely dependent upon the charity of
the laity have a duty to make sure the clergy are justly paid
(and lay staff as well), they have the duty to be sure their
thanksgiving offering is being used for the ends for which
it is given.
The bulk work of evangelization is to be done through the
laity, especially in the family.
have a greater ability to take the teachings of Christ and
His Church into the larger world so as to effect change and
justice. This does not mean compromising the Gospel to make
it more palatable to secularism. It does mean being the front
lines against such motion.
does not let the clergy off any hooks.
must train the laity well so they can properly do their jobs.
We must make sure the sacramental grace needed for them to
execute their duties faithfully and with excellence is readily
available. We must be wise guardians of the trust shown us
through the thanksgiving offering and the education offered.
relationship between the laity and the clergy is a symbiotic
relationship. We need each other. We need to look for and
bring out the best in each other.
resurgence in fidelity must start in the laity with the assistance
of the clergy. From that laity come all out future leaders,
both lay and cleric.
the laity we will get the clergy that they recruit. Recruit
with an eye to strength and fidelity. Look for men who would
also be good and faithful husbands and prudent and just dads.
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