The “Year of Faith” (Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 22, 2013) as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI has concluded and Pope Francis has distributed worldwide his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which means “Gospel of Joy.”
All Catholics were called to deeper conversion in Christ. So how did it go?
To remind us of the purpose of of the Year of Faith, this is what we read last year:
In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church. But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him. The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei. . . , Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.
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.
You are invited to respond to some or all of the following:
*]What did your parish do to promote the Year of Faith? How did it go?
*]What did your diocese do, and how did it go?
*]What did you do to deepen your relationship with Jesus, and how did it go?
*]What did you do to help others in their faith?
*]What are you going to do from this point on, for yourself, and for others as a witness to the faith?
*]How did the Year of Faith challenge and/or help you?
“The ‘door of faith’ (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church.”—Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.