lives (L.G. 12);
If by virtue of their education and competence, temporal affairs are ordered according to the plan of God; and by their efforts, the world is sanctified (L.G. 31);
If the laity have the critical task of renewing the temporal order;
And if we recognize the fact that today there are more theologically trained laity than priests or religious, with the result a growing awareness of the essentially lay leadership of the life in the early Christian Church, there is a dire need for the laity and clergy to explore the spiritual traditions together and face the following issues:
-- That holiness is rooted in the priesthood of the baptized;
-- That Christian faith is thus communal, not private;
-- That unity and peace-making are spiritual characteristics;
-- That the Eucharist is our beginning and end;
-- And that it is the lay person who is to bring healing, hope, peace, and justice to the broken world.
If we dare to face these issues, many other issues and questions would then be clarified, notably:
-- At what point of our history are we Maronites now living?
-- What are the at the level of the