Year of Faith: ‘Lumen Gentium’
“Lumen Gentium” is one of four constitutions promulgated by Vatican II. It is also called the Constitution on the Church. This important document focuses on the “mystery,” or essential nature and purpose, of the Church. The “universal call to holiness” is an important teaching of “Lumen Gentium”:
“The Lord Jesus, the divine teacher and model of all perfection, preached holiness of life to each and every one of his disciples of every condition … all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity” (40).