by Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J.
From the founding days of Christianity, laity were closely identified with the Apostles in extending the Kingdom of Christ among the nations. The phenomenal rise and growth of the Holy Church, at Her very beginning, would have been impossible without close cooperation between the Apostles and devoted Christians among the laity. Father Hardon's catechism on the Second Vatican Council's lengthy decree Apostolicam Actuositatem (The Lay Apostolate), synthesizes the current teaching of the Magisterium on the meaning, need and methodology for reviving the lay apostolate in our day. Father Hardon's question and answer format makes this booklet easy to read. Each answer is followed by the number of the matching section in the original document. This extensive cross-indexing makes this an ideal supplement for both individual and group study.