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So the Church wants its members to become saints, separate and reagents on the world through integral Christianity. Chrysostom said to the Antioch people that he wanted them to be monks, except for celibacy, and also another monk, Savonarola. said the same to the Florentines… Substantially, St. Catherine of Siena taught the same monastic ideal by inculcating in all, also the laity, to retreat into the cells of self knowledge, digging out amid business affairs, arms and noise, a refuge in which to recompose one’s integrity.
Igino Giordani, Sign of contradiction, New City, Rome, 1964, p. 254-255
The Church is a live body: we cannot be dead members. And instead, the biggest damage arises from the external persecutors, but those who are floppy inside, like the vile, indifferent and tepid people.
Igino Giordani, We and the Church, A.V.E. ed., 1939, p. 65
Laity and the Church
Clergy and laity: a dual value, that must be distinct in order to unite. Their redemptive force lies in cooperation… Catherine made us see that those walls raised between clergy and laity, between consecrated and married people, are made up of fogs, which a gust of wind disperses, discovering that we are a sole family, one community, of the exclusive body of the Mystical Christ. The functions differ, just like the various vocations, but this diversity is not a division but rather, protects unity with the fundamental equality for which we are children of a sole Father.
Igino Giordani, «New Humanity » n.210, November - December 2013, p.640