Week 1: The Year of Faith – FAQ

Today marks the end of the first week of The Year of Faith. Exciting first week right? Well, if you haven’t heard this is your friendly reminder.

This is a particularly significant year, as it is the first year in the life of my son Kolbe, who was born 5 weeks ago, and it is my job with as his dad to be the primary teacher of the faith with my wife (parents are always the primary teachers of the faith). Big task and I can’t wait.

So over the next year I will be writing posts dealing with the various aspects of the Catholic faith, particularly dealing with topics discussed in the Documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism. (hint: that means pretty much everything is on the table)

Week 1 is short and sweet. An intro to the Year of Faith in FAQ format:

  • What is the year of faith? It is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). (i.e. to grow in faith)
  • Why a Year of Faith? Because there has been a crisis of faith and a general religious illiteracy of faith among lay Catholics. It is aimed at enhancing and fueling the Church’s effort in the new evangelization. The purpose is to understand what we believe, to know it inside us, and for us to become a credible witness for this belief in the Person of Jesus. The ultimate goal is to know more, so that we can know Him more.
  • When does it start / end? – October 11, 2012 – through November 24, 2013
  • Why these Dates? The anniversary of two big events. October 11th marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the release of The Catechism of the Catholic Church, and November 24th is the Feast of Christ the King, which always falls on the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, it marks the end of the liturgical year, and the Season of Advent begins right afterwards. (this is why the year of faith lasts longer than a calendar year)
  • Who called the year of Faith? Pope Benedict XVI (16th).
  • What do we do in the Year of Faith? Study and reflect on the documents of Vatican 2 (short hand for the Second Vatican Council) and the read the Catechism.

Recap, what do to now:

1) Read Pope Benedict’s address titled “Porta Fidei” latin for “Door of Faith”, 2) read a few pages a day of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and 3) read the documents (four constitutions) of Vatican 2.

Father John Riccardo has a nice explanation of the Year of Faith, why it’s needed, and why the Catechism and Vatican 2 matter to us today.

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