YEAR OF FAITH
Before he resigned from the Seat of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, bestowed on the Catholic faithful a most precious gift; the gift of the 'Year of Faith'.
The idea behind the Year of Faith, or Porta Fidei as it is known in Latin, is to encourage the faithful to go back to the very basics of the Faith and explore the fundamentals of being Catholic. Pope Emeritus invited the faithful to “an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Saviour of the world."
A part of this is a deeper relationship with the Eucharist and to rediscover our journey of faith. We are all encouraged to say the Year of Faith prayer throughout this time:
Year of Faith Prayer
Lord Jesus, You entrusted your Church with the mission to proclaim the Good News to all the nations. You sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen those who would bear the message of salvation.
In this year may the same Holy Spirit strengthen our faith and inspire us with the words and deeds that, by our efforts, the men and women of our time will hear of You, will believe in You and will come to the beauty of knowing You.
Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever Amen.
Having begun on 11 October 2012 the Year of Faith will continue through to 24 November 2013 and in-between it will provide the platform for many liturgies and celebrations for the faithful.
Here in Scotland we have already enjoyed a number of great events such as the St Andrew's Conference at Glasgow City Chambers on December 2012. A capacity crowd of 300 explored the Second Vatican Council and the new evangelisation with guest speakers including Professor John Haldane of St Andrew's University and Cardinal George Pell of Australia.
There are many more events like this throughout the country during this year of celebration and we should see it as a fantastic opportunity to explore our faith and find out what it really means to be Catholic.
The principal resource for the Year of Faith for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics can be found by clicking here.
For a more localised focus (and there is a lot going on in the UK during this wonderful time!) please click on the following links: