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MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR FOR LA NAVAL FIESTA 2014
Dearly beloved devotees of Our Lady of the Rosary, La Naval de Manila :

The role of the laity is one the important contributions of the Second Vatican Council. It used to be that the laity were defined only the exclusion : they are not members of the clergy. But are not members of the clergy. But Vatican II changed all that. The laity are not simply 'non-clergy' - they are important as bishops, priest and religious in continuing Jesus' mission on earth.

On this 'Year of the Laity', which is part of the preparation for the celebration of the fifth centennial of the Christianization of our count in 2021, we are invited to to reflect on the important role of the laity not only in the church but also in society. The laity are called agents of transformation not because of the lack of the priests but because of their identity as people of God by virtue of their baptism. They are to be authentic witnesses of the faith as exemplified by their words and actions.

The perfect model of this witnessing is Blessed Virgin Mary. Though she was ordinary woman who lived in this world, she was extraordinary in remaining intimately united her Son and cooperated in an entirely unique way in the Savior's work. Thus, Mary's obedience is a model for the laity. She perfectly obeyed God's command to love God with her whole heart, mind and soul. In her obedience to God, she gave birth to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

May this year's feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval challenge the laity to authentically proclaim Christ to the world through their lives.

Mabuhay ang Birheng Maria : Inang layko, Ina ng layko!

 
Rev. Fr. Giuseppe Pietro V. Arsciwals, O.P.
Rector




Read the other messages for La Naval Fiesta 2014 :

Message From The Prior Provincial

Message From The Parish Priest

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