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St. Vincent has been called the Patron Saint of the Second Vatican Council in large measure because of his prophetic understanding of the Church as the People of God all of whom are called to holiness, mission and community. In particular his influence was felt in the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity.
“Every Catholic, whether priest, religious or lay person, should rejoice because all of his or her talents, knowledge, learning, studies, power, nobility, relationships, profession, art, words, earthly goods, riches, service, prayers used or done for the spreading of faith and rekindling of charity in the world can acquire the merit of the apostolate.”

St. Vincent
 

Vatican Council II
“Every activity of the Mystical Body... goes by the name “apostolate;” the Church exercises it through all its members though in various ways. In fact the Christian vocation is, of its nature, a vocation to the apostolate as well.”

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, #2
Jesus is the Apostle of His Father: therefore, the life of Jesus, which is His apostolate, must be the exemplary apostolate of all. Since everyone is called to the apostolate.

St. Vincent
 

Vatican Council II
“From the fact of their union with Christ, the Head, flows the laypersons’ right and duty to be apostles.”

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, #3

“Jesus is the Divine Model of all; those who wish to comply with the loving and merciful desire of His Divine Heart in the works of the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls must imitate Him as much as they can.”

St. Vincent

Vatican Council II
“Christ, sent by the Father, is the source of the Church’s whole apostolate. Clearly then, the fruitfulness of the apostolate of the laity depends on their living union with Christ...”

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, #4
 

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