By Br John Sweeney, LC
What if you were
to come across a door marked, “This way to
the greatest adventure of your life”? Did you know that
you’ve already gone through it? This door is our
baptism, or as Benedict XVI put it, the “Door
of Faith.” Entering this door means setting out, hand in
hand with Christ, on a lifelong journey to eternal
life. In the Apostolic Letter PortaFidei, the Pope has
invited all of us to spend this coming year
learning the Faith better, living it more fully, reflecting
on it, and celebrating it together. He hopes that by
doing so, we may rediscover the joy and enthusiasm
of encountering Christ, and that this will help us
step up our pace in following him on our journey.
This journey is not always easy. Often we find
ourselves in the desert. It is up to each
one of us to know what direction we should go,
and to help others find their way as well.
So, in addition to helping us grow in our own
joy and enthusiasm, the Holy Father wants the
Year of the Faith to be an opportunity to share
it with our families and our communities.
PortaFidei, Benedict XVI reminds us of two toolswe have
for finding the right way. First, the legacyof
the Second Vatican Council serves as our compass. Just as
those on a journey have need of a compass
to keep track of their bearings, all Catholics should
keep the teachings of Vatican II in mind to stay
on track themselves and help others do the same.
Second, the Catechism of the Catholic Churchis
a travel guide which lays out all the stages on
our journey. We profess a common faith, we
celebrate God’s intervention in our lives, we walk in Christ’s
footsteps, and we pray for one another.
the Year of the Faith, we will be offering
you aids on this website to help you get the
most out of the tools that the Holy Father
mentions: the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism. But,
don’t limit yourself to just listening, reading, and praying.
Go with your family and join your diocese and your
parish in celebrating the Faith that we live together.