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 understanding of the Church’s relationship with world religions.
From the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra aetate)
The Catholic Church rejects nothing which is true and holy in these religions. She looks with sincere respect upon those ways of conduct and of life, those rules and teachings which, though differing in many particulars from what she holds and sets forth, nevertheless, often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims and must ever proclaim Christ, “the way, the truth and the life”(John 14:6), in whom men find the fullness of religious life, and in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself (cf 2 Cor. 5:18-19).
The Church therefore has this exhortation for her sons (sic): prudently and lovingly, through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, and in witness of Christian faith and life, acknowledge, preserve and promote the spiritual and moral goods found among these men, as well as the values in their society and culture. #2