Helping lay Catholic adults to learn why and how to live lives worthy of their calling using the wisdom of Vatican II.
Do any of these apply to you?
- Are you are lay Catholic adult struggling to find meaning in your life?
- Are you just going through the motions in Mass, not clear why we do what we do?
- Are you wonder if becoming a Protestant would help you understand God better?
- Are you at a loss for words when asked why Catholics do what we do or believe what we believe?
- Are you afraid to ask questions of your priest for fear you might look dumb?
- Are you wondering why some seem happy in the Church and you can’t find it?
- Are you unclear what Vatican II was and the effect it had on the Church?
If so, the resources on this website might be able to help you.
The inspiration for the form of this apostolate came in 2010 while reading the interview recorded in the book Light Of The World. In an answer to a question about Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI said:
To put into practice what was said [at Vatican II], while remaining within the intrinsic continuity of the faith, is a much more difficult process than the Council itself. Especially since the Council came into the world in the interpretation devised by the media more than with its own documents, which are hardly ever read by anyone.
After coming into the Church in 1990 (I grew up Methodist and then Lutheran), I sensed a calling to help lay Catholic adults learn more about our faith. The Lord used Pope Benedict’s word to put action to this calling to unpack the wisdom in the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) documents.
I am often asked where do I stand on Vatican II? This question has to be asked because our enemy prowls the earth to divide us and take as many souls to Hell as he can. I stand with the Magisterium, which is the teaching authority of the Church. It would be wrong to classify me as a traditional or conservative or true Catholic. I am a Christian who lives out his faith in Jesus Christ according to the Truth revealed in Scripture and protected by the Church since Pentecost.
Why Becoming a Light to the Nations Exists
We Christians believe that we were created by God for a purpose. The disrespect for human dignity, greed, anger, numbing through drugs and addictions, and other destructive behaviors are all signs of people attempting to live lives away from God’s plan for them. It is not a punishment of God but the result of not living a fully human life.
We believe God does not force anyone to fulfill the plan for which they were created. God gave the gift of freewill that allows us to make choices about how to live our lives. “God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions.” CCC 1730
We believe those who follow God’s promptings to use their gifts for His greater glory live some of the happiest and most fulfilled lives. We were created to find that joy when doing the will of our Creator. This joy is available to all but accepted by few.
We believe Christ entrusted His Wisdom to the Church concerning all aspects of living a worthy life. The Father sent the Holy Spirit to empower and protect that Wisdom. Following this protected Truth, we can choose to live according to that Wisdom.
Aware God created us for a purpose that must discerned and that we will find our greatest joy in living according to that purpose, the Becoming a Light to the Nations apostolate exists to teach the Wisdom protected by the Church that is presented in the Vatican II documents to help lay Catholic adults learn why and how to live their lives worthy of their calling.
Becoming a Light to the Nations Resources
The Becoming a Light to the Nations show is our primary resource now. It is available on iTunes, Stitcher, or can be listened to directly from the episode notes pages. Following the flow of Vatican II’s most important document: the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (more commonly know by its incipit Lumen Gentium), each episode unpacks elements of the Christian life to help learn how to live a worthy life.
There is also a document that summarizes Lumen Gentium which is available by clicking this link.
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My name is Gil Michelini, and I want to thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet to learn a more about me and this website. First, answers to the most commonly asked questions:
- I have been married to my bride since 1988.
- I have 4 daughters—yes 4. No, I don’t know if boys are more difficult to raise than boys. I know my brother and I did everything we could to gray my dad’s hair.
- I adopted our youngest from Guatemala because I believed it was a calling from God. If you want to learn more about our adoption experience, click my book over there on the right side of the page.
- I am a father-in-law (twice) and a grandfather (thrice).
- I was born on the southside of Chicago but grew up in Muncie, Indiana.
- I have lived Fort Wayne, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Muncie, and Fishers, Indiana since 1999.
- I earned my Eagle Scout award in 1980. I was a Scoutmaster for 6 years.
- I am active in Toastmasters International and am finishing my last requirement for earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award to learn the skills of a Distinguished Toastmaster. In 2015, I was a finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking.
- I was raised within the Methodist/Lutheran traditions but never had a strong faith life until after I married to my cradle-Catholic wife.
- I was inspired by the example of my wife and her family to explore Catholicism through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program and I made a commitment to follow Christ as a Catholic in April, 1991.
- I have been discerning my calling to serve lay Catholic adults since 1990 and am incredibility humbled to be serving the Church in this way.
After graduating from Ball State University in 1987 with a degree in Telecommunication (television production emphasis), I have been designing, developing, and delivering training using various forms of media, as well as teaching at the college level. Currently, I work for the business process outsourcing division of a company. I am designing and assisting in the development of training for the State of Indiana public assistance program.
Almost 30 years of creating training materials for adults has prepared me for the work of this apostolate. Pope Benedict XVI said, “We need, above all, those spiritual movements in which the universal Church, drawing upon her current experiences and at the same time coming from the interior experience of faith and of its power, sets up guideposts and thereby makes God’s presence the central focus again.”
It is my prayer that Becoming a Light to the Nations will become one of these “spiritual movements”, as well as part of the New Evangelization.
I live in Fishers, Indiana (suburban Indianapolis). You can reach me through any of the social media tools below. You can send email to: me@GilMichelini.com
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