But this is a task that humanity must carry out in respect for the divine image received, and, therefore, with intelligence and with love, assuming responsibility for the gifts that God has bestowed and continues to bestow. Moved by this faith it tries to discern authentic signs of God's presence and purpose in the events, the needs, and the longings which it shares with other people of our time. The individual is lost and disoriented, but there always remains in the human heart the desire to experience and cultivate caring and personal relationships. From century to century the Christian community in revealing and communicating its healing love and the consolation of Jesus Christ, has reenacted the gospel parable of the Good Samaritan in caring for the vast multitude of persons who are sick and suffering. Above all the acknowledgment in theory of the active and responsible presence of woman in the Church must be realized in practice.
There is the sheepfold, the flock, the vine, the spiritual building, the Holy City 55. To understand properly the lay faithful's position in the Church in a complete, adequate and specific manner it is necesary to come to a deeper theological understanding of their secular character in light of God's plan of salvation and in the context of the mystery of the Church. All the Faithful, especially the lay faithful who live among the people of other religions, whether living in their native region or in lands as migrants, ought to be for all a sign of the Lord and his Church, in a way adapted to the actual living situation of each place. Precisely to overcome these dangers the Synod Fathers have insisted on the necessity to express with greater clarity, and with a more precise terminology, both the unity of the Church's mission in which all the baptized participate, and the substantial diversity of the ministry of Pastors which is rooted in the Sacrament of Orders, all the while respecting the other ministries, offices and roles in the Church, which are rooted in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The Synod wished to give particular attention to the young. In the present circumstances the lay faithful have the ability to do very much and, therefore, ought to do very much towards the growth of an authentic ecclesial communion in their parishes in order to reawaken missionary zeal towards nonbelievers and believers themselves who have abandoned the faith or grown lax in the Christian life.
For this reason the present document is not something in contradistinction to the Synod, but is meant to be a faithful and coherent expression of it, a fruit of collegiality. Once again he sends them into every town and place where he himself is to come cf. John xxm Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris: M S 55 1963 , 267-268. In a world where the lessening of distance makes the world increasingly smaller, the Church community ought to strengthen the bonds among its members, exchange vital energies and means, and commit itself as a group to a unique and common mission of proclaiming and living the Gospel. The charisms are received in gratitude both on the part of the one who receives them, and also on the part of the entire Church.
For this reason the present document is not something in contradistinction to the Synod, but is meant to be a faithful and coherent expression of it, a fruit of collegiality. A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful. Again we take up the image from the gospel: the fruitfulness and the growth of the branches depends on their remaining united to the vine. Entire groups of human beings have been seriously afflicted. Despite every difficulty, delay and contradiction caused by the limits of human nature, by sin and by the Evil One, the Church knows that all the forces that humanity employs for communion and participation find a full response in the intervention of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of man and of the world. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 6.
In this assembly of bishops there was not lacking a qualified representation of the lay faithful, both women and men, which rendered a valuable contribution to the Synod proceedings. They therefore have the ability to manifest this holiness and the responsibility to bear witness to it in all that they do. A nadie le es lícito permanecer ocioso dentro de la Iglesia; no hay lugar para el ocio No. He dug it and cleared it of stones and planted it with choice vines. The Church's holiness is the hidden source and the infallible measure of the works of the apostolate and of the missionary effort. This is especially true for the lay faithful who have responsibilities in various fields of society and public life. At this point communion begets communion: essentially it is likened to a mission on behalf of communion.
All are necessary to carry out the word and grace of the Gospel and to correspond to the various circumstances of life in which people find themselves today. Thus, the charisms, the ministries, the different forms of service exercised by the lay faithful exist in communion and on behalf of communion. In the case of coming generations, the lay faithful must offer the very valuable contribution, more necessary than ever, of a systematic work in catechesis. Paul insists in a particular way on the organic communion of the Mystical Body of Christ. The Spirit that sanctified the human nature of Jesus in Mary's virginal womb cf. Ellos deben ser sujetos activos de la evangelización y de la renovación social No.
Other Places for Formation 62. Each discrimination constitutes an absolutely intolerable injustice, not so much for the tensions and the conflicts that can be generated in the social sphere, as much as for the dishonor inflicted on the dignity of the person: not only to the dignity of the individual who is the victim of the injustice, but still more to the one who commits the injustice. Every one of us possessing charisms and ministries, diverse yet complementary, works in the one and the same vineyard of the Lord. For this purpose ecclesial communion cannot be interpreted in a sufficient way if it is understood as simply a sociological or a psychological reality. I remind older people that the Church calls and expects them to continue to exercise their mission in the apostolic and missionary life. The Various Vocations in the Lay State 56.
As an individual, a person is not a number or simply a link in a chain, nor even less, an impersonal element in some system. They are mistaken who, knowing that we have here no abiding city but seek one which is to come, think that they may therefore shirk their earthly responsibilities; for they are forgetting that by faith itself they are more than ever obliged to measure up to these duties, each according to one's vocation. Without forgetting the help that can come from different human sciences and cultures, researchers because of an informed discernment, will be able to help gather and clarify the values and requirements that belong to the enduring essential aspects of women and those bound to evolve in history. According to the plan of God the goods of the earth are offered to all people and to each individual as a means towards the development of a truly human life. A commitment to a presence in human society which, in light of the Church's social doctrine, places it at the service of the total dignity of the person.
There are still other forms, however, in line with the truth, which rightly acknowledge the greatness and misery of individuals and manifest, sustain and foster the total dignity of the human person. On the other hand, in other regions or nations many vital traditions of piety and popular forms of Christian religion are still conserved; but today this moral and spiritual patrimony runs the risk of being dispersed under the impact of a multiplicity of processes, including secularization and the spread of sects. Open, indeed, open wide the doors to Christ! As a result, the value of one person transcends all the material world. Thus, especially in this way of life, resplendent in faith, hope and charity they manifest Christ to others. La corresponsabilidad de los fieles laicos en la Iglesia-Misión. Thus with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation, the baptized share in the same mission of Jesus as the Christ, the Saviour-Messiah. They all share in a deeply basic meaning: that of being the manner of living out the commonly shared Christian dignity and the universal call to holiness in the perfection of love.
Together with Mary, Mother of Christ, who stood beneath the Cross, we pause beside all the crosses of contemporary man and we ask all of you who suffer to support us. Therefore, God calls the individual in Jesus Christ, each one personally by name. Whether they be exceptional and great or simple and ordinary, the charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit that have, directly or indirectly, a usefulness for the ecclesial community, ordered as they are to the building up of the Church, to the well-being of humanity and to the needs of the world. The Second Vatican Council speaks of the ministries and charisms as the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are given for the building up of the Body of Christ and for its mission of salvation in the world. In the words of St. Forming those who in turn will be given the responsibility for the formation of the lay faithful, constitutes a basic requirement of assuring the general and widespread formation of all the lay faithful. To them he gave his blessing, and, even more, to them he promised the Kingdom of heaven cf.