The Year of Faith
Turning Back to Faith…
As we begin the Year of Faith, let us remember these words from Hebrews 11:1:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1, NAB
On October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a Year of Faith would begin one year later on October 11, 2012 in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. This date marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, one of the largest milestones the Church has seen in many years.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
The upcoming Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
Faith in Christ should guide us, comfort us, and call us to an authentic relationship with God. As a whole, the world seems to be drifting from faith, and the Year of Faith aims to get us back on the right course. For some, they may only need a slight change of direction. For others, they may have to turn their lives completely around.
Wherever you may be in your faith journey, it matters less about where you are now, and more about where you are headed. Faith is not a destination; it is a direction – a direction that will lead us straight to Heaven.
In Latin, porta fidei means the “door of faith.” It is not a closed door. It is not a door that requires a key. The door of faith is wide open for each of us to enter; we must simply take the first step across the threshold. Once you decide to walk through that door, or choose to walk through it again, you will be opened to a world full of light, love, and beauty.
For the Year of Faith, decide to do a few things that will help to grow and nurture your faith. Spend more time in adoration. Read Scripture on a daily basis (this site is one place to do that). Say a rosary once a week. Or, come up with your own ideas. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below.
October 11, 2012 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. One group has decided to help you read the entire Catechism in a year for the Year of Faith. Flocknote, with the help of the Catechism API, allows you to read the Catechism right in your email inbox. Read this everyday, and in a year, you will have read the entire Catechism. Amazing, right? Simply follow this link: http://www.flocknote.com/catechism.
Whatever you choose to do for the Year of Faith, I hope that the upcoming year inspires you to be a better Catholic, a better Christian, and a better person overall. I look forward to continuing these Daily Bible Verses with you to help embrace our faith and grow closer to our God.