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Open the Door of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI Calls for Year of Faith – Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013
By Erin McGeever
“…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith…” (Acts of the Apostles 14:27)
This quote from Acts of the Apostles teaches us that God opened the door of faith for the early church. God does the same thing for us today, opening the door of faith and inviting us into a deeper relationship with him. The upcoming “Year of Faith” is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus, rediscover him anew in the sacraments (especially the Eucharist) and strengthen their faith.
In his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a Year of Faith will begin on Oct. 11, 2012 and conclude on Nov. 24, 2013. October 11 is a significant date as it marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council as well as the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The ending date of Nov. 24 is also symbolic as it is the Feast of Christ the King. 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 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. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through the door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime.” These two sentences begin Porta Fidei and set the tone for the intentions the Holy Father had in mind when issuing this apostolic letter. Throughout his time as successor of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI has called for the faithful to have a solid foundation in the Christian faith, to encounter Christ anew in the teachings and practices 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). The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn our attention to developing a deeper and renewed relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our baptism opened the door to faith and the Year of Faith will call us to rediscover its importance in our lives. In our attempts to truly live out the faith in the world, others will be able to see and be drawn as well to Jesus and the church.
The Diocese of St. Augustine has a full slate of opportunities for growth in the faith that will be available during the Year of Faith. The diocesan website will feature a special section that will include activities as well as resources. There will be Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. to officially kick off the year.
Some things that you can expect for the Year of Faith: