LAY MOVEMENTS IN THE CHURCH
Although there is always joy when a community grows and increases in number, there can also be some disadvantages. Its members can become anonymous and unknown to each other. Admittedly, the Sunday gathering alone is not sufficient to create among the faithful a sense of communion and closeness. Thus, we cannot but recognize the importance of smaller lay religious organizations in the Church that foster a sense of belonging in a community while, at the same time, offering a formation in the faith.
Such is the importance of lay movements in the Church: they help create smaller communities ‘in communion’. These movements develop in every member a deep sense of belonging and community spirit, and eventually, a strong sense of belonging to and a great love for the Church. Moreover, they also offer different approaches to spirituality and tackle some forms of apostolate. Thus, through these movements, Christians grow in maturity, living their vocation and mission in depth.
It is in this way that we discover why lay movements can become one of the channels that allow the faithful to grow in perfection and holiness, which is the very vocation of all the faithful as explained by the 2nd Vatican Council.
The variety of lay movements within the Church attests to the fruitfulness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always at work and dynamic, constantly creating ways and means to bring out different forms of charisma among the faithful, thus enabling a response to the specific needs of people in our time. This eventually gave rise to various movements. Indeed, every movement in the church has a specific charisma and approach to perfection, spirituality and holiness. Every lay movement is UNIQUE. This is true of any movement, and also applies to the lay movements we have in our chaplaincy.Thus, there should really be no comparison nor competition among them as to which is the best group. The only thing that they must strive for is HOW TO BE HOLY.