The Layperson's Distinctive Role

The Layperson's Distinctive Role

by Cardinal Francis Arinze


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The Layperson's Distinctive Role by Cardinal Francis Arinze

This important book by the highly regarded African prelate, Cardinal Arinze, describes in positive and simple terms who the lay person is, his distinctive role in the Church, and how the lay apostolate distinguishes the lay faithful from the clergy and the religious. The call of lay people to be witnesses of Christ in the ordinary areas of secular life, such as family, work, recreation, politics and government, shows how demanding the apostolate of the lay people is. The book draws from the dynamic teachings of the Second Vatican Council, the riches of the 1987 Synod of Bishops on the Lay Faithful, and the emphasis on the lay apostolate by recent Popes, to present to lay people an attractive and demanding call to witness to Christ in society.Leaders and participants of various lay groups and movements will find this book liberating and encouraging. Clerics and religious will find these considerations by Cardinal Arinze of great help, both in appreciating the limits of their own apostolates and of seeing how to put before the lay faithful the demands of their calling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586177805
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 08/31/2013
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Cardinal Francis Arinze, the former Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, is a highly regarded prelate, teacher and churchman. He has written numerous books on theology, spirituality and prayer, including Meeting Jesus and Following Him, Radical Discipleship, The Layperson's Distinctive Role, and his biography, God's Invisible Hand, all published by Ignatius Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Every Baptized Person Is Called to Evangelize 9

2 The Nature of the Lay Apostolate 13

3 The Lay Apostolate in the New Testament 17

4 Variety in Forms of the Lay Apostolate 21

5 The Specific Role of the Laity 33

6 Some Reasons for the Urgent Need of the Lay Apostolate 51

7 What Some Lay Initiatives Have Achieved 65

8 Reasons for Hesitation regarding Lay Engagement 69

9 Complementary Roles in the Church 79

10 Theology on the Laity and Lay Spirituality 91

11 Ecclesial Movements and New Communities 103

12 Formation of the Laity 113

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