Year of Faith
We really haven’t done anything for the year of Faith. I admit fault in this. I did not research options for this year nor come up with anything on my own. I am sorry for that. (We have, however, done a lot for adult education.)
Obviously, when these celebratory years are over, it doesn’t mean the subject ends. I think you will need faith the day after the Year of Faith ends. No one would say, “We’re not doing faith this year- that was last year. We’re doing Hope this year-maybe Love next year, if we feel like it.” Saint Paul said in Corinthians, “faith, hope and love, these three abide….” Or remain or are a constant.
Faith is hard to define. Is it believing to be true things which cannot be proven, like God exists? That there are seven sacraments? That there is eternal life? That God is love?
Of course those things and much else is true. Faith also means trusting one’s self to what you believe. For instance, God will provide or God hears my prayers, or I am forgiven. Sometimes it is much easier to profess belief in ideas and doctrines than to live out the implications of what we believe. God is love, but does He love me?
One take-away from the Year of Faith is to be grateful that you have faith, no matter how weak. Can you imagine how meaningless life would be without faith? Faith touches every aspect of one’s life and living without it would be like living without air—can’t really be done.
It’s the Year of Faith for the people who live a life of faith.