Pope Benedict XVI designated the year 2012, beginning October 11, as “The Year of Faith”. He is summoning all Catholics to deepen their relationship with God and to share their faith with others. What could this revival of faith do for the Church? What meaningful impact could this have on our own spiritual journeys? Are we, as disciples of Jesus, willing and ready to accept the challenge that has been put forth for us?
Over 150 years ago, St. Vincent Pallotti had the very same idea when he formed the Union of the Catholic Apostolate. He established the Union with the notion that all Christians must work in the vineyard of the Lord, and that we cultivate not only our own faith, but also work tirelessly towards the salvation of many souls.
How do we go about accomplishing this divine mission? The first step is to rededicate ourselves to God. Maybe our faith has grown stagnant. This is the year to refresh and renew our spiritual life by joining a prayer group, attending a retreat, or sitting quietly with Jesus in weekly adoration.
To be true apostles we must then be willing to share our faith with others: to invite them on the journey. Is there someone we know who has fallen away from the Church or felt isolated from our community? Then we must take up our torches and be the light of Christ to all those we meet. We are expected to spread the Good News about this all-powerful, always loving and everlasting Savior of the world.
In this the year 2012, let all Catholics make an authentic attempt to revitalize our faith and our dedication to God. Let us also share our faith with those we encounter so that we get the privilege of helping God build His holy kingdom here on earth. Imagine, just try and imagine how profound this could be!