In early October 2012, the Executive Committee sent a prayer/reflection to the Congregation inviting us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962. Along with that reflection was the promise to send a weekly quote from the Vatican documents beginning in January 2013. These quotes will be sent each Monday until Holy Week, March 24, 2013.
The Vatican Council began our journey of renewal as women religious and it has, indeed, been a journey of faith. As we prepare to look once again at the “signs of the times” during our upcoming Assembly, let us re-capture the spirit of the Council to enliven and embolden our decisions about SCN life at the beginning of our third century.
Vatican II presented a new vision of the role and dignity of women.
…with respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of
discrimination whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God’s intent. For in truth it must still be regretted that fundamental personal rights are not yet being universally honored. Such is the case of a woman who is denied the right and freedom to choose a husband, or embrace a state of life, or to acquire an education or cultural benefits equal to those recognized for men.
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) #29
Women are now employed in almost every area of life. It is appropriate that they should be able to assume their full, proper role in accordance with their own nature. Everyone should acknowledge and favor the proper and necessary participation of women in cultural life. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) #60
Since in our times women have an ever more active share in the whole life of society, it is very important that they participate more widely also in the various fields of the Church’s apostolate. Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People (Apostolicam Actuositatem) #9