The third precept (“You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucha
rist at least during the Easter season”) guarantees as a minimum the
reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal
feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.
The fourth precept (“You shall observe the days of fasting and
abstinence established by the Church”) ensures the times of ascesis and
penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire
mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.
The fifth precept (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the
Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material
needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.
The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material
needs of the Church, each according to his abilities.
The fidelity of the baptized is a primordial condition for
the proclamation of the Gospel and for the Church’s mission in the
world. In order that the message of salvation can show the power
of its truth and radiance before men, it must be authenticated by
the witness of the life of Christians. “The witness of a Christian life
and good works done in a supernatural spirit have great power to
draw men to the faith and to God.”
Because they are members of the Body whose Head is
Christians contribute to
building up the Church
constancy of their convictions and their moral lives. The Church
increases, grows, and develops through the holiness of her faithful,
until “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature
of the fullness of Christ.”
By living with the mind of Christ, Christians
hasten the coming
of the Reign of God,
“a kingdom of justice, love and peace.”
not, for all that, abandon their earthly tasks; faithful to their master,
they fulfill themwith uprightness, patience, and love.
84 Cf. CIC, can. 920; CCEO, cann. 708; 881 § 3.
85 Cf. CIC, cann. 1249-1251: CCEO can. 882.
86 Cf. CIC, can. 222; CCEO, can. 25;
Furthermore, episcopal conferences can
establish other ecclesiastical precepts for their own territories
(Cf. CIC, can. 455).
87 Cf. CIC, can. 222.
6 § 2.
Preface for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King
of the Universe.