How do we find peace in a world that is constantly changing? Today, Jeff offers us hope and wisdom in these unprecedented times from the document Gaudium et spes (GS) – Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. This Second Vatican Council document reminds us that the true stability we seek is only found in the One who never changes, Jesus Christ.
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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”- Hebrews 13:8
Excerpts from Gaudium et spes (GS) – Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
“Today, the human race is involved in a new stage of history. Profound and rapid changes are spreading by degrees around the whole world. Triggered by the intelligence and creative energies of man, these changes recoil upon him, upon his decisions and desires, both individual and collective, and upon his manner of thinking and acting with respect to things and to people. Hence we can already speak of a true cultural and social transformation, one which has repercussions on man’s religious life as well.” ( Gaudium et spes, paragraph 4)
“Influenced by such a variety of complexities, many of our contemporaries are kept from accurately identifying permanent values and adjusting them properly to fresh discoveries. As a result, buffeted between hope and anxiety and pressing one another with questions about the present course of events, they are burdened down with uneasiness. This same course of events leads men to look for answers; indeed, it forces them to do so.” (Gaudium et spes, paragraph 4)
“Within the individual person there develops rather frequently an imbalance between an intellect which is modern in practical matters and a theoretical system of thought which can neither master the sum total of its ideas, nor arrange them adequately into a synthesis.” (Gaudium et spes, paragraph 8)
“The truth is that the imbalances under which the modern world labors are linked with that more basic imbalance which is rooted in the heart of man. For in man himself many elements wrestle with one another. Thus, on the one hand, as a creature he experiences his limitations in a multitude of ways; on the other he feels himself to be boundless in his desires and summoned to a higher life. Pulled by manifold attractions he is constantly forced to choose among them and renounce some. Indeed, as a weak and sinful being, he often does what he would not, and fails to do what he would. Hence he suffers from internal divisions, and from these flow so many and such great discords in society.
….She likewise holds that in her most benign Lord and Master can be found the key, the focal point and the goal of man, as well as of all human history. The Church also maintains that beneath all changes there are many realities which do not change and which have their ultimate foundation in Christ, Who is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. Hence under the light of Christ, the image of the unseen God, the firstborn of every creature, the council wishes to speak to all men in order to shed light on the mystery of man and to cooperate in finding the solution to the outstanding problems of our time.” (Gaudium et spes, paragraph 10)
“This split between the faith which many profess and their daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age.” (Gaudium et spes, paragraph 43)
God’s Plan of Sheer Goodness
“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.” – CC 1
- Slow down, find time for prayer in your daily life, and make Jesus Christ the anchor of your life.
- Be careful with the media you consume, put on the mind of Christ.
- Read Gaudium et spes (GS) – Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World to learn how the Church encourages us to respond to the rapid changes of the modern world.
- Hope in the Lord who has conquered sin.
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