We cannot speak about the new evangelization without a sincere desire for conversion.
“The Year of
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Every baptised person is essential to the renewal of the Body of Christ. The generosity of our personal response to the invitation to turn away from sin and to seek to live in God’s Light, not only has an impact on our lives, but also on the entire Church.
We read in the Pope’s Letter announcing the Year of Faith that: “...the Church ... clasping sinners to its bosom, at once holy and always in need of purification, follows constantly the path of penance and renewal. The Church, ‘like a stranger in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God’, announcing the cross and death of the Lord until he comes (cf. 1 Cor 11:26).
But by the power of the risen Lord it is given strength to overcome, in patience and in love, its sorrow and its difficulties.”
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During these months of grace we are invited to reflect seriously on our journey with God, to examine in what ways we are being invited to grow and change. The Christian calling is a life-long pilgrimage of faith. We can never say that we’ve arrived, but that we are constantly journeying in search of God’s Light. At every moment we are invited to convert, to follow the Lord’s way, allowing ourselves to be shaped in and through His love.
The sacraments of the Church are a great assistance to us in this regard. The Eucharist is essential to the Christian Life.
The Year of Faith is proposed as a “...good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy,especially in the Eucharist, which is ‘the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; ...and also the source from which all its power flows.’”
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You may also choose to receive more regularly the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Year. In this Sacrament we encounter the loving and merciful heart of God the Father. During Reconciliation we hand over to the Lord everything that burdens us and weighs us down. The Sacrament restores and heals us, giving us the strength to begin again.
Conversion is an ongoing process when we freely choose to respond to an encounter with God’s love and mercy. The Year of Faith is an opportunity to embrace and respond to the call to conversion ever more generously.
Prayer for the Year of Faith
Motu Proprio: Porta Fidei
Plenary Indulgence granted for Year of Faith
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Homily on opening the door of faith - Cardinal Piacenza
Pope Announces "year of faith"
Official Year of Faith website of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization