The month of January is often ushered in with encouraging messages and motivational phrases. Yet, we don’t have to look farther than Holy Scripture for lasting inspiration. God’s word provides a solid message of strength, solace, mercy and forgiveness.
We arrive as pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, and make our way through the first security checkpoint. Then another. Then another still. Swiss guards, resplendent in their livery, examine our invitation and direct us higher.
We reach the landing area where in less than an hour the Pope will speak. Papal ushers, or sediari, lead us to our seats. Mine is better than I’d dared hope. When the Holy Father arrives to address the faithful, I will be directly to his left, about 20 feet from him, with no one in between.
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A friend of mine, Michael, teaches Faith Formation at my parish. He recently sent me this list of Bible verses for the topic of Christian discipleship that he developed for his students. I asked for permission to share it with our friends and fans at The Catholic Company as a meditation for Lent. I hope you are able to get a lot out of it!
In October of 2012 the Holy Father initiated a special papal Year of Faith that runs through the end of November 2013. The vision of this move, in the words of the Holy Father, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” By announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope is trying to combat the spiritual plagues of our time that he has repeatedly warned against, secularism, poor catechesis, and religious indifference, by encouraging Catholics to learn and live their faith in public.
We are all probably intimately aware that the Christian Faith is in decline in the Western world. The Faith that once strongly under-girded our politics, our science, and our morality is now becoming a thing of the past. Faith separated from politics has an ugly past of intolerant secularism that eventually leads to totalitarianism. We can already presently see how Faith separated from morality results in human desire replacing the natural law. Faith separated from science has an ugly future of human eugenics.
With this disturbing picture, we can now understand why the Holy Father designated an entire year devoted to increasing our faith. The Apostolic letter which announced the Year of Faith is Porta Fidei meaning “Door of Faith”.
According to catholicnewsagency.com, Pope Benedict XVI announced in his letter “Porta Fidei” that the Year of Faith will commence October 11th of this year.
Kids aren’t the only ones headed back to school to start learning again after the long summer break. Adults in Catholic parishes across the country are also gearing up for their Fall Catholic Bible studies. I’m personally a big fan of Bible studies. I never get tired of learning more about my faith. I love discovering all the little nuggets and gems tucked away that are the reward of those who look for them.
At what age do you think Americans are the least religious? Age 22. Only 17 percent of age 22 Americans, according to data from over 30 years of the General Social Survey, attend a religious service at least once a week.
The New American Bible Revised Edition contains a more accurate translation of the Greek and Hebrew texts aided by modern historical and archeological discoveries. The NABRE is approved for personal and group study.