VaticanII 50 Years

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.

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Vatican II presented a vision of Interreligious Dialogue.

From the Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio)

For men (sic)who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are brought into a certain, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic church. Undoubtedly, the differences that exist in varying degrees between them and the Catholic church…do indeed create many and sometimes serious obstacle to full ecclesiastical communion. These the ecumenical movement is striving to overcome. #3

Furthermore, Catholic theologians engaged in ecumenical dialogue, while standing fast by the teaching of the church and searching together with separated brethren into the divine mysteries, should act with love for the truth, with charity, and with humility. #11

Cooperation among all Christians vividly expresses that bond which already unites them, and it sets in clearer relief the features of Christ the Servant….Through such cooperation, all believers in Christ are able to learn easily how they can understand each other better and esteem each other more, and how the road to the unity of Christians may be made smooth. #12

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