By uniting ourselves with Jesus Christ, making him as our example, and point of reference in all the we do, such that we behave and live as He did…for love of God. In short, by imitating Him.
- When we are united with the “Vine”, and Christ is our primary concern all day long, we will find ourselves thinking on what Jesus would do if He were in our place, and end up behaving, praying, working, resting,… as He did.
- Our union with Christ is the source of our unity of life during the entire day.
- We will avoid leading a double life: one life for God and another life dedicated to worldly affairs, business, politics, rest and so on.
In discovering and living their proper vocation and mission, the lay faithful must be formed according to the union which exists from their being members of the Church and citizens of human society. There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called ‘spiritual’ life, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called ‘secular’ life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social relationships, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. The branch, engrafted to the vine which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity. In fact, every area of the lay faithful’s lives, as different as they are, enters into the plan of God who desires that these very areas be the ‘places in time’ where the love of Christ is revealed and realized for both the glory of the Father and service of others. Every activity, every situation, every precise responsibility – as, for example, skill and solidarity in work, love and dedication in the family and the education of children, service to society and public life and the promotion of truth in the area of culture – are the occasions ordained by Providence for a ‘continuous exercise of faith, hope and charity’ (Christifideles laici, 59).