The Year of Faith, Celebrating What We Do and What We Believe
From Dan Conway’s The Good Steward, September 2012
All the good things the Church does flows from who we are, the faith we have which provides us our very identity. We do good stuff precisely because of our faith. – Timothy Cardinal Dolan
We’d like to believe that, by now, every Catholic throughout the world has heard that Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed the next 13 months (October 11, 2012 – November 24, 2013) as The Year of Faith. We’d like to believe this, but that would be too great a “leap of faith.” In spite of all the technological wonders of our modern age, it’s often hard to get the word out about all the things that are important to our Catholic way of life.
The Church sponsors special occasions such as the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to get our attention. The Year of Faith is a special time in the life of the Church dedicated to prayerful reflection and discussion on the most fundamental experience of our identity as Christians. We are people of faith, people who believe.
What do we believe? That a personal God created “all things visible and invisible” and that he cares enough about us (individually and as a community of faith) to give us his most precious gift—himself …