Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What comes after the Year of Faith?

Abp. Samuel Aquila

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila spoke on Monday, September 23, about 'next steps' for the faithful after this year of faith. Abp. Aquila was speaking to the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre:
As we reflect on the suffering of our fellow Christians in the Holy Land and the Middle East, they can teach us about the Year of Faith and reinforce for us what Popes Benedict and Francis say we should do once this time of grace draws to a close on November 24, 2013.

When he announced the Year of Faith in in his “motu proprio,” (on his own initiative) Porta Fidei inOctober 2011, Pope Benedict called it “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world” (“motu proprio” Porta Fidei, 6).

Benedict XVI further explained that he decided to convoke the Year of Faith because the faith is no longer a guaranteed part of society. “Whereas in the past it was possible to recognize a unitary cultural matrix, broadly accepted in its appeal to the content of the faith and the values inspired by it, today this no longer seems to be the case in large swathes of society, because of a profound crisis of faith that has affected many people,” he wrote (Porta Fidei, 2).

To understand how faith is no longer woven into the fabric of society, one only has to look at the story of Sarkis, the young Syrian Catholic who gave his life for the faith, and ask the question: “Does our society understand this kind of sacrifice? Does our culture honor courageous faith like his?” Read his entire speech on Zenit.org.

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