Evangelization

Prayer and Spirituality

The Office of Evangelization desires to foster an appreciation and practice of the deep spiritual tradition of the Catholic Church.

The Universal Call to Holiness

“‘All Christians . . . are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity’ (LG 40 § 2). ‘Christian perfection has but one limit, that of having none’ (St. Gregory of Nyssa, De vita).” -Catechism of the Catholic Church 2028

“‘God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God and God in Him’. But, God pours out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us; thus the first and most necessary gift is love, by which we love God above all things and our neighbor because of God. Indeed, in order that love, as good seed may grow and bring forth fruit in the soul, each one of the faithful must willingly hear the Word of God and accept His Will, and must complete what God has begun by their own actions with the help of God’s grace. These actions consist in the use of the sacraments and in a special way the Eucharist, frequent participation in the sacred action of the Liturgy, application of oneself to prayer, self-abnegation, lively fraternal service and the constant exercise of all the virtues. For charity, as the bond of perfection and the fullness of the law, rules over all the means of attaining holiness and gives life to these same means. It is charity which guides us to our final end. It is the love of God and the love of one’s neighbor which points out the true disciple of Christ.” -Lumen Gentium, 42 § 1

See Chapter V of Lumen Gentium on the Universal Call to Holiness of all Christians:

http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

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