My friend Theresa sends out weekly inspirational emails and this is the text from this week. Ponder . . .
“The People of God believe that it is led by the Spirit of the Lord who fills the while world. Moved by that faith it tries to discern in the events, the needs and the longings, which it shares with other men of our time, what may be genuine signs of the presence or of the purpose of God. For faith throws a new light on all things and makes known the full ideal which God has set for man, thus guiding the mind towards solutions that are fully human.” (Guadium et Spes 11)
“Those also have a claim on our respect and charity who think and act differently from us in social, political, and religious matters. If fact the more deeply we come to understand their ways of thinking through kindness and love the more easily we will be able to enter into dialogue with them.”(Guadium et Spes 28)
“The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth, Thus every lay person, through those gifts given to him, is at once the witness and living instrument of the emission of the Church itself, ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.’ ” (Lumen Gentium 33)