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The Year of Faith commences on October 11. When Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith to commence on that date, he was conscious that it was the anniversary of two very important events in the Church’s history: the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which commenced on 11 October 1962; and the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on 11 October 1992.

 

The Year of Faith is a time for us to renew our commitment to our faith, God’s gift to us at our Baptism. Our faith grows through our relationship with Jesus Christ, sent by God to embody for us God’s presence in our world. Jesus showed us how to live a life of faith and called us to do the same. On the night before he died, he said, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another’. On the same night he also promised us the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live and love as he asked us to: ‘The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said.’

 

As we move through the year, we will be making available to you a number of resources which we hope will help you to reflect on and deepen your own faith: resources that will help you to pray, inspiring stories of people who have lived a life of faith, as well as video clips which will give you examples of what you might specifically do to put your faith in action this year. All of these resources will endeavour to help you to come to a deeper understanding of some aspects of the Church’s teaching.