This morning, I sent this announcement for our Parish bulletin:
Year of Faith Ends – Nov . 24 – What about our Faith???
The Year of Faith, officially ends on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov . 24, 2013. Hopefully, we have been thinking about, and praying to grow in, our faith since Pope Emeritus (Pope Benedict) proclaimed the Year of Faith, last October. Pope Francis has continued to call us all to grow in faith, hope and above all, charity. By God’s Grace have we grown in faith? Will we continue?
The Statue of Our Lady, with the title “Mother of Faith” has been in the Narthex (foyer of our Church) with a poster to remind us. The Legion of Mary has periodically changed pictures and words on the poster, with ways to grow in Faith this year. Hopefully, many of us have read, prayed, and responded with changes in our lives leading us to a closer, more intimate communion with Christ.
That is Mary’s vocation: to bring Jesus to us and to bring us closer to Him. She has asked us to pray the Rosary, knowing that by God’s Grace, if we prayerfully meditate on those Mysteries of His Life and hers, if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will grow more like Him, as Mary did.
Jesus, we trust in You!
Mary, Mother of Faith, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Really, every day, every hour, every minute of every year of our lives can be a “Year of Faith” and indeed needs to be, if we are serious about following Jesus as Mary did on this earth! Let us examine ourselves as we approach the end of this “official call for a Year of Faith”. Have we truly grown? How? If not, why not? Let us begin today, asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills to follow Jesus and to draw others to follow Him. Our Faith is intended to grow and be shared. We received Jesus as Mary – not to keep Him only for ourselves but to share Him with the world. Come Holy Spirit! Guide us into the fullness of our vocation to holiness and to make disciples as Jesus commanded.