What was the Year of Faith?
Pope Benedict XVI declared 2013 The Year of Faith. It is a time for Christians to deepen our faith and to continue in the new evangelization.
When is the Year of Faith?
It began on October 11, 2012 with a Liturgy in St. Peter’s Square and continued on through November 24, 2013.
What was special about the dates for the Year of Faith?
• It was no accident that the Year of Faith began on the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (October 11, 1962 – December 8, 1965).
• The 11th of Ocotber was also the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Blessed John Paul II.
• The Year of Faith closed on November 24, 2013, the Solemn Feast of Christ the King.
What were Pope Benedict’s hopes for each one of us during the Year of Faith?
• To rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ
• To rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the Word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. John 6:51).
• To take the opportunity to read the documents of Vatican II correctly, help them become widely known and take them to heart.
• To approach the Year of Faith as a time of purification for the Church and for individuals, a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord.
• To intensify our reflection of faith, so we acquire a more conscious and vigorous adherence to the Gospel, especially at a time of profound change such as humanity is currently experiencing.
• To profess our faith in the Risen Lord in our Cathedrals and in the Churches of the whole World; in our homes and among our families, so that everyone may feel a strong need to know better and to transmit to future generations the faith of all times.
• To arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.
• To intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; … and also the source from which all its power flows.”
• To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.
• To become familiar with the great figures of our Faith, from Mary and the Apostles, to the Saints, Martyrs, Confessors and Virgins (Porta Fidei, 13).
• To intensify the witness of charity, which is faith in action.
Quotes for the Year of Faith:
• “Faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world. What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.” ― Pope Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei, 15
• “The Sacrament of Confession should be the Sacrament of the Year of Faith… Rediscovering the sense of apologizing and of forgiveness are key for the new evangelization.” ― Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, during day two of the Synod
• “Lord, increase our faith” ― Luke 17:5
• “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” ― Mark 9:24
• “The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and his Church” ― Pope Benedict XVI
Resources for the Year of Faith:
• The Year of Faith Prayer
• The Year of Faith Icon
• The Year of Faith Logo
• “The Door of Faith” (Porta Fidei)
• Vatican’s Year of Faith Website
• USCCB’s Year of Faith Website
• Year of Faith Videos
• Bishop Leonard Blair discusses the Year of Faith
• St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
• Read and study the Scriptures
• Read the Catechism in a Year
• Read and study the documents of the Second Vatican Council
• Learn about the Lives of the Saints
• Search #yearoffaith on Twitter
• Knights of Columbus’ Fathers for Good
• Year of Faith for Individuals
• Year of Faith for Families
• Year of Faith for Catechists