Today is the Feast Day of Saint Pope John XXIII, who opened the Second Vatican Council, in 1962, by proclaiming, “open the windows and let in the fresh air.” His rationale for convening the Second Vatican Council was to usher in reform; refreshing the liturgy, and engaging the laity. Because of Saint Pope John XXIII’s vision, numerous church documents were promulgated. Yet, he did not live to see the finished products. His purpose was to plant the seed for change within the Church, and that he did well.
Saint Pope John XXIII’s Teaching
Saint Pope John the XXIII’s most popular encyclical was Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). In this encyclical Saint Pope John XXIII lays out man’s relationship with God and with each other; discussing human, economic and political rights and duties. He called for collaboration amongst men, respect for life, equality, and dignity– true foundations of peace. Saint Pope John XXIII elaborated on applying efforts that promote the common good, and government’s role in meeting the needs of the common good.
Pacem in Terris is, basically, a teaching on morality. If you treat your fellow man in the manner that you would want to be treated, then you will have peace. If you have never read this gem of a Church document, then I highly encourage you to take the time to soak it in. It’s a good read!
Saint Pope John XXIII and His Legacy
Saint Pope John XXIII leaves us with a path to world peace and a Church refreshed by reform. Please pray for us Saint Pope John XXIII. Intercede on our behalf, by continuing to pray for peace among all men of good will.
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