|Cardinal William J. Levada |
As I prepared these remarks, I returned to reflect again and more deeply on the splendid Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei of Pope Benedict. In its few pages it gives a wonderful summary of the central importance of faith in our lives as Christians and human beings. While I commend it again to your reading and reflection, I want to cite just a few passages that seem to me especially apropos as this Year of Faith draws to its close, so that every year can truly be for us and for the Church a “year of faith.”
The opening paragraph of Porta Fidei is a meditation in itself. “The ‘door of faith’ is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism, through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory” (n. 1).Read Cardinal Levada's entire address on Zenit here.