Amid rising secularism in today’s world (1 in 5 adults is not religiously affiliated; and the number rises to 1 in 3 among adults 30 and below), the Pope has called for a Year of Faith to restore faithfulness in the Church.
In celebration of 50 years since Vatican II, the Pope states:
“Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual “desertification”. In the Council’s time it was already possible from a few tragic pages of history to know what a life or a world without God looked like, but now we see it every day around us. This void has spread. But it is in starting from the experience of this desert, from this void, that we can again discover the joy of believing, its vital importance for us, men and women. In the desert we rediscover the value of what is essential for living; thus in today’s world there are innumerable signs, often expressed implicitly or negatively, of the thirst for God, for the ultimate meaning of life. And in the desert people of faith are needed who, with their own lives, point out the way to the Promised Land and keep hope alive. Living faith opens the heart to the grace of God which frees us from pessimism. Today, more than ever, evangelizing means witnessing to the new life, transformed by God, and thus showing the path.” (Read More at NCR)
So, what can we do during this Year of Faith – 10.11.12 through 11.24.13? What exactly does it mean for us?
For me, I am going to try to post an apologetics related post each week for the year.
You can read the Year of Faith prayers here.
Get your Q&As answered here.
Visit the official website here.
And, in true Bennie-fashion, share it on social media here.
But most importantly, we need to do three things: pray regularly, participate in the Sacraments, and share the Gospel with others. Figure out how you can do these three things, and you’re all set!