Pope Benedict has declared a “Year of Faith” which will begin this October. The year will run from Oct. 11, until Nov. 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.
The year coincides with two major anniversaries for the Church: the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
In his apostolic letter, the pope said the year’s focus will be on Jesus Christ because “in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfillment.”
Pope Benedict said that in addition to studying the catechism and gaining a greater understanding of the creed, the Year of Faith also must be accompanied with more acts of charity.
We need to do as the pope has asked of us, and recognize the face of Christ in those who are suffering, and reach out to those who need the love of Christ most. “It is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbor along the journey of life,” the pope wrote.
Pope Benedict said Catholics cannot “grow lazy in the faith.
“What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end,” the pope wrote.
Let us participate in this Year of Faith in a way that wakes us all from our spiritual laziness. Let this year provide us the reflection on and connection to our faith that brings out the best of what Christ wants of us all; to love one another as he has loved us.