Friday, September 21, 2012

Year of Faith

If you've been reading any Catholic news outlets at all, you've probably heard that the Holy Father has declared the upcoming year to be The Year of Faith.  The event coincides with 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, and not surprisingly the Catechism is a major theme of the year.  Another theme announced by Archbishop Fisichella is the Creed, with the idea that the profession of faith would become "a daily prayer, learned by heart, as it was in the first centuries of Christianity."

Of course, the Vatican is launching things in their own, unique way with a web site, a special Mass, and an official song for the occasion, but I'm more interested in what parishes, families, and individual Catholics are doing to receive the graces of this year.  To that end, it's interesting to finally see some news in this category.  To promote the reading of the Catechism, Flocknote has created what looks like a really simple program to read through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year.  Simply sign up here and beginning on October 11 you'll get an email with your daily reading assignment.
"And as you read a little bit every day, the truths of God will soak into your soul. You’ll gain new insights into how these things apply to your life. You’ll find yourself growing stronger in faith and closer to God as the year goes because the Catechism is truly light along the path of faith. Isn’t that what the Year of Faith is all about?" **
If you know of any plans for celebrating the Year of Faith, or have suggestions, mention them in the comment box.  And when we hear of things, we'll be sure to post them here; just watch for the Year of Faith logo.

*Seriously, it's been 20 years?  Boy, does that make me feel old!
**Cloche Tip to Marc Cardaronella

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