Vatican II and It's Modern Day Applications

The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, commonly known as the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world.

The document Dei Verbum meaning 'Word of God' is one of only two dogmatic constitutions issued by the Second Vatican Council on the church. Its purpose is to spell out the Church's understanding of the nature revelations, that is, the process whereby God communicates with human beings. As such it touches in questions about scripture, traditions and the teachings authority of the church. In this short document, Dei Verbum succinctly addresses the Catholic Church’s beliefs in regards to Sacred Scripture. First and foremost, Sacred Scripture is truly divine revelation; God revealed who He is to us so that we might know Him. “The invisible God…out of abundance of His love speaks to men as friends…and lives among them…, so that He may invite and take them into fellowship with Him.” The Word made flesh united deeds and words so that “the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation manifest and confirm the teaching and realities signified by the words.” Jesus Christ was the fullness of revelation and there is no new revelation. What was revealed two thousand years ago was everything.

Constitution: Dei Verbum

Christ is the Light of nations or Light for the Nations. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, of the Second Vatican Council. Its purpose is declared to be twofold: to explain the Church's nature as "a sign and instrument of communion with God and of unity among all men," and to clarify the Church's universal mission as the sacrament of human salvation. A unique feature of the constitution is the Explanatory Note, added to the conciliar document by order of Pope Paul VI, clarifying the meaning of episcopal collegiality, that the community of bishops have no authority without dependence on and communion with the Bishop of Rome. Coming from the word itself, Light for the Nation. Use your faith to share the word of God to everyone. We are the sparks that cause light in the world.

Constitution: Lumen Gentium

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