Year of Faith
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October 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013
From the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council
until the Solemnity of Christ the King the following year.

“…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith...”(Acts 14:27) “God invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship...”  (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)

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“To announce good news”

Comes from two Greek words, meaning “to share what is good with others.”

The Year of Faith will be a year in which we share the Good News of the Gospel to the non-geographical frontiers of our world: where the message of Jesus has not yet been heard, or where it has been heard, but not yet won acceptance.

It offers a “door of faith” - to a life of communion with God.

Pope Benedict chose October 11, 2012 as the opening date because on this day two important anniversaries occur: the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. From Vatican Website

A Year of Faith Prayer

We give you thanks, O Loving God of us all,
for giving us a relationship with you.

Sometimes we only trust your presence, love and care
at some distance from you.

At times, we live out that relationship in our daily lives
by the way we live gratefully and generously,
with self-sacrificing love for others.

Today we ask you to help us renew our faith
in the bond that you offer us with you....

Read the whole prayer

A Year of Faith as Relationship
Our faith is a bond, a connection, a covenant, a relationship between us and our God: a relationship each of us has with God and which all of us have, together, with God. It is based upon God's revelation about that relationship and the teaching tradition of the Church down through the ages about that relationship. Pope Benedict XVI began this year with these words, “The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God.”

The Role of Creighton's Online Ministries
The role that Creighton's Online Ministries can play in this Year of Faith, as it is celebrated world-wide, is to focus our resources this year on our faith development as relationship. We develop all relationships through communication and time together - through a mutual exchange, which leads to deeper understanding, greater affection, love, and that growing desire to be with and like the one we love. Ignatian Spirituality can be a blessed way to grow in our relationship with a God who loves us.

So our many resources here can support the journey we will make in our “life of communion with God” this year. We can also be a source of a variety resources for our reflection upon Vatican II and many other Year of Faith helps.

A Place to Share Our Relationship of Faith Journey
There has been tremendous sharing on our web site over the years, as people journey through the Online Retreat. This year we will offer the opportunity for people to share with each other various aspects of our faith journey. These might be wonderful experiences of blessed moments when I felt healing and grace, or times when I experienced the grace of Jesus' love presence in the midst of struggle. We might share struggles we've had which resulted in a stronger relationship. We might share how our faith has grown in community, in our parishes, in our families. Some may want to share stories of outstanding witnesses of faith who have helped us in our lives.

Our Faith Sharing page will have all the information on how to begin sharing. With God's grace, may this be a great source of evangelization as we support each other's faith and help others to be moved by and opened to receiving the gift of faith. Return often to read the stories of faith all year long.

Sharing Updated May 2

Faith Sharing Highlights -
From our Sharing Page

I feel so grateful to The Lord a catholic friend invited me to CLC and so changed my life forever. Now I can let Jesus reach me in quietness, reflection, meditation and trust....

God really changed my life.I felt touched to him.Million thanks for god ...

Daily I invite God to be my loving friend, overseer, companion, guide, advisor. I never have to face the day alone. As I face my patients I ask for his guidance in treatment, that I may see the patient as a person. I am Gods messenger....

I had lost sight what was important in life, my family and love, and as long as I preserve that, I will be happy. Life is a gift from God and we have the privilege to experience it on this beautiful world he has created. Being that it is a gift, I feel a responsibility to enjoy it and what brings me joy is seeing my family happy. Now that I feel genuinely happy and at peace with the world, I want to spread the joy to others.

It was having children years later when I was in my early 30’s that finally brought me back.  I wondered what we were going to pass on of a faith that was so important to both of us as children.

The stories of  development have been astounding and so comforting to hear from all. The journeys themselves are a blessings. God laid the path to faith. The real challenge of faith development is to decrease the use and action of the word  " I" and increase of the word "they" or "Him" in all actions each day.

Each and every day, she lived a life of trust in God.  She surrendered her worries and anxieties to God:
I was just at a wake service where several children of a beloved woman gave witness about her life. The church was full of parishioners who obviously regarded this woman with great affection.  Enjoying the stories of faith sharing on your website, I thought I’d add this simple Year of Faith reflection. 

I let Jesus pick me up as He stretched His hand of salvation down to me. I opened my arms and my heart literally, and received His gift of forgiveness, grace and salvation: I had been reaching up as high and hard and far as I possibly could, trying so hard to reach God in my strength and to please God enough and do enough to reach God. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the problem had been I had been reaching up to Him instead of me letting Him reach down and pick me up and carry me to Him like He was trying to....I have had such a peace since then that I never had before.

I carry a sense now that I am put on earth to be with Jesus: What I have grown into with my faith is how deeply God loves me.  As a child God was a distant but benevolent figure.  I think it was following Jesuit spirituality (even though I am not Catholic) that gave me that deep feeling that the Father absolutely loves me...


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