Year of Faith
In declaring the Year of Faith from 11 October 2012 and concluding on 24 November 2013, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter of October 2011, Porta Fidei reminds us that ‘The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church’.
We are presented with an opportunity during the Year of Faith to experience a conversion, to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. We are invited to reflect seriously on our journey with God, to examine in what ways we are being invited to grow and change. The Christian calling is a life-long pilgrimage of faith. We can never say we have arrived, but that we are constantly journeying in search of God’s Light.
If we open our hearts, the Lord will bring our intentions to maturity. Giving in to negativity and pessimism only insolates us and closes the door to us and to others.
As baptised Catholics we have the opportunity to renew our baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of our lives with faith, hope and love. This everyday witness is necessary for proclaiming the Gospel to family, friends, neighbours and society.
During this Year of Faith may we accept the invitation to convert, to follow the Lord’s way, allowing ourselves to be shaped in and through His love.
And let us never forget, the door of faith is always open and welcoming.