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 the vision of the universal call to holiness.
From the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)
The Lord Jesus, divine Teacher and Model of all perfection, preached holiness of life to each and every one of His disciples regardless of their situation… For he sent the Holy Spirit upon all men (sic) that He might inspire them from within to love God with their whole heart and their whole soul, with all their mind and all their strength…that they might love one another as Christ loved them.
The followers of Christ are called by God, not according to their accomplishments, but according to His own purpose and grace. They are justified in the Lord Jesus, and through baptism sought in faith they truly become sons of God and sharers in the divine nature. In this way they are really made holy.
…Thus it is evident to everyone that all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity. By this holiness a more human way of life is promoted even in this earthly society. #40