Blog Posts for "Lumen Gentium"

Lumen Gentium and Mary

The final chapter of Lumen Gentium is devoted to Blessed Mother.  The document states that Mary is a type of the Church.  This is important language.  It means that Mary, in scripture, prefigures the Church the way Isaac on the altar or Jonah in the whale prefigures Christ.  As Virgin and Mother, Mary shows the Church how to be the church.One of the phrases that struck me is that, “she stands out among the poor and humble of the Lord.”  She is grouped with the rest of us even as she has an exalted status being “full of Grace.” ...

Lumen Gentium and the Communion of Saints

Chapter 7 of Lumen Gentium tackles the final part of the Church: the Communion of Saints.The chapter begins with affirming that the church will not be perfected until the end of time.  We are a pilgrim church, not just pilgrim people.  While we hope for heaven, we have a task on earth that we are each called to do.; our vocation, if you will. It then tells us we should keep watch since we do not know when the end will come.  I think this is particularly difficult for those of us two thousand years after Jesus walked the earth. ...

Lumen Gentium and Religious Part 2

Continuing Chapter 6 of Lumen Gentium, I was actually surprised by what I read.  It is not the hierarchy that gives legal sanction to religious life.  It is the church herself… the whole church.  It is the church who, “with God-given authority receives the vows of those who make profession.”  It also says that this gives all Religious a very special duty to show forth the church to believers and unbelievers alike.So what are the implications of this?It means that anyone in religious life owes something to the Church.  Our actions are on behalf of the Church and if...

Lumen Gentium and Religious Life: part 1

Chapter 6 of Lumen Gentium is devoted to the Religious and their life of following the three Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience.The gift of the “families” of religious life to those who profess vows are greater stability in their life, sound teaching on striving for perfection, the bond of union, and the strengthening of freedom through obedience.  The document is quite explicit when it says that Religious life is not a middle way between lay and cleric.  It is instead a state of life that both groups can put on to live more closely to the teaching of...

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