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 renewed vision of what it means to be Church in the modern world.
From the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes)
Thus the church, at once “a visible organization and a spiritual community,” travels the same journey as all of humanity and shares the same earthly lot with the world; it is to be a leaven and, as it were, the soul of human society in its renewal by Christ and transformation into the family of God. #40
Christ, to be sure, gave his church no proper mission in the political, economic, or social order. The purpose which He set before [it] is a religious one. But out of the religious mission itself comes a function, a light and an energy which can serve to structure and consolidate the human community according to the divine law…In fact, when circumstances of time and place create the need, the church can and indeed should initiate activities on behalf of humanity…activities designed for the needy, such as works of mercy and other undertakings. #42