Today is the first day of the Year of Faith, proclaimed by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI! It's also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. And the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism. And there's a synod of bishops convened to discuss the New Evangelization. There's a lot going on, and a lot to pray for! In his apostolic letter Porta Fidei, the Pope writes that this year is "a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world." (6) He also writes, "It is the love of Christ that fills our hearts and impels us to evangelize. Today as in the past, he sends us through the highways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth." (7) These are words that resonate with us in a special way as we try to proclaim the Word and our love for Christ through this blog! Because, as the Holy Father continues, "It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ, and it is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbor along the journey of life." (13) We cannot keep this Good News about Christ to ourselves! Even from the cloister we must proclaim it! This is part of our vocation as Dominican women, and we are glad to preach in our own small way.
Our prayer is that this Year of Faith will be a blessed one for all the people of the world, that they may grow in faith, hope and love and be strengthened in their lives as sons and daughters of God.
Check out the official website of the Year of Faith HERE.