Somebody asked me one time, “Father where do you get this from? You guys are always telling people to say yes to Christ.” I said, do you remember the annunciation? What happened at the annunciation? Mary didn’t know what was going on. She didn’t know the full scope of God’s plan, but she gave her yes.
- Proclamation of the Word - what we do.
- The response of the hearer - what the hearer does.
- The work of God - which transforms and changes.
“The lay faithful’s position in the Church [is] distinguished by their secular character.”
We sometimes think that if something is ‘secular’, it is bad, or second rate, but you are called to be “in the world, but not of it.” “Deep involvement & full participation in the affairs of the earth, the world…with the purpose of spreading of the Gospel that brings salvation.” (Vatican II, Christifideles Laici, 15)