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 the Eucharist.
Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people” (1Pet 2:9, 4-5) is their right and duty by reason of their baptism. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) #14
…the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is also the fountain from which all her power flows. For the goal of apostolic works is that all who are made sons (sic) of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His church, to take part in her Sacrifice and to eat the Lord’s supper. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) #10
Truly partaking of the body of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are taken up into communion with Him and with one another.
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) #7