Ecclesial Movements and Ecclesial Communion

Matthew Brackett, LC 


A course on the spirituality and theology of the laity has been on my bucket list for quite a while, so I jumped at the opportunity when it came along. So many topics of the course resonated in my interior but one especially stood out as of interest for further reading: Ecclesial Movements and Ecclesial Communion. As I read through chapter 5 of Apostolicam Actuositatem, chapter 4 and 5 of Lumen Gentium, chapters 1 and 2 of Christifideles Laici, along with the article by Cardinal Ratzinger and a few chapters of the book by Jesús Castellano Cervera regarding Charisms for the Third Millenium, a few key principles kept appearing and I will try to run through them over the next few pages. The basic point is that mission is at the service of communion and communion at the service of mission. All charisms must lead to communion and mission. Allow me to expound on this over the next few minutes.