In these tough economic times, in these times of social unrest, in these times of wars and rumors of wars, in these days of storms and destruction, faith is needed. But what exactly is the “Year of Faith” we are in? It’s a year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The council was called for to open the Church up to the movement of the Holy Spirit and empower all of us to reach out to a world in need.
This Year of Faith is also a time to remember, reflect, and act upon faith in our own lives. How are we growing in faith? Do we know and live out the teaching of Jesus in the gospel? Do we understand what our own Church teaches, and not only understand, but live it? Are we sharing our faith with others and participating in what Pope John Paul II called the “New Evangelization” so that others. too, may encounter Christ and journey with him in faith?
The New Testament’s Letter to the Hebrews encourages Christians to grow in faith, much as Pope Benedict XVI is doing in this Year of Faith. Chapter 11 of that letter says that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain about what we may not even see. Perhaps the best way to begin this Year of Faith is to ask a question: What is the hope we are called to in faith? Do you know what the Gospels really hold out to us as the hope for these troubled times? Are you sure of it—even absent any tangible evidence?
Here at Franciscan Media, as we journey with you through this Year of Faith, we seek to help you ask key questions and begin to find the answers. Answers about: What is faith, what is hope, what is the road to a life well-lived in faith? Below and in the weeks to come, we hope you’ll find many resources to spur you on through this Year of Faith. Thanks for letting us be your companion on this journey.
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