|Year of Faith|
Our holy father Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013 , as the “Year of Faith,” which he speaks of in a special letter called “The Door of Faith.” In it, he notes that “The door of faith is always open for us,” that is that our God is always there, loving us, and waiting for our response of faith in Him. We can pass through that door every day, deepening our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Father says we can build up our faith by studying our faith—the more we learn about and understand our faith, the more we can share it with others.
But he says study will not be enough, because faith is about a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ. He says “the act of faith is our RESPONSE to God’s work in our life. It’s the decisions we make based on the love and mercy we have personally experienced from our loving God. As he puts it, “faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with Him.”
What’s more, as we walk through the door of faith, “we will grow in our living recognition of the Lord Jesus, present in out lives.” What a joy is our faith! What a difference it makes in our life. May we clearly and consciously walk through that door of faith, not just in this special year, but always!
To learn more about the Year of Faith, and to read Pope Benedict's Apolistic Letter "Porta Fidei," visit the official Year of Faith website at http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en.html
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