Blog Posts for "Vatican Ii"

Revisiting Gaudet Mater Ecclesia

St. John XXIII, Pope Today the Church celebrates the memory of St. John XXIII, who served as Pope for only five years (1958-1963).  It was on this date that Vatican II, the ecumenical council he was inspired to convoke, opened in 1962. It’s a good opportunity to read and reflect on Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, John XXIII's opening address to the Council.  While his speech certainly contains many concerns and expressions rooted in that time, much of it retains a prophetic freshness both for our Church and for the many challenges that our world faces...

Claiming and Aiming

Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent Genesis 17:3-9; John 8:51-59 What could happen if we as Christians and disciples of Jesus as well as ministers in the Church were able to grow in that same self-confidence?  Today’s Office of Readings includes an excerpt from Lumen Gentium 9, that describes the Church and her mission in this way:One of the things that is remarkable about today’s gospel reading is the confidence that Jesus displays in his identity as God’s Son.  His sense of self and mission was so strong that he was able to withstand the hostility...

Dei Verbum and Divine Revelation

The second document from Vatican II that changed the Church was the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum.  In this document the Council Fathers changed much of the way the Church viewed scripture.  Before this document the Roman Catholic Church viewed scripture the way those we would call Fundamentalist Christians still do.  The Bible said what it meant and meant what it said in a very literal way.  God made the world in seven days.  Noah’s flood lasted forty days.  There was no discussion of genre or form or historical context. Dei Verbum changed all that.  For the...

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.” ...

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