“Springtime of the Church” is a new Simply Holy podcast series that explores the unique and often little-known ways in which lay persons serve the Church as members of Third Orders, Oblates, Secular Institutes, Prelatures, Associations of the Christian Faithful, Ecclesial Movements, New Communities, Apostolates, and more. St. John Paul II referred to these men and women as the “springtime of the Church.”
“… Their presence is encouraging because it shows that this springtime is advancing and revealing the freshness of the Christian experience based on personal encounter with Christ,” he said in his message to participants of the 1st World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in 1998.
As a consecrated member (along with my husband) of the Apostolic Federation of Schoenstatt Families, I have a great love for the many beautiful and meaningful ways both single and married lay persons can and do live the disciplines of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the world according to their state of life.
The series premiere features author and artist Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. Listen as she tells us about her calling as a Benedictine Oblate.