Denver, Colo., Nov 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver says the end of the Year of Faith should encourage Catholics to continue to grow from an encounter with Christ and to share their faith with others.
“The Year of Faith was not a marketing campaign for Catholics to get excited about; it was a time to meet Jesus and his Church, to come to know and love Jesus and his Church more deeply. It was a time to grow in intimacy with Jesus, to encounter the Lord in your heart,” the archbishop said in a Nov. 21 pastoral letter to his archdiocese.
“Our lives are forever changed the more we fall in love with Jesus!” he said.
The archbishop said that Catholics should “courageously and joyfully” share their faith in Christ and tell others about Jesus, as St. Andrew told his brother St. Peter.
“From St. Peter’s life, we can see that the experience of faith should lead us to witness to the truth, to Jesus himself, who is the truth.”
Pope Benedict XVI declared the Year of Faith from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013 to renew the Catholic faithful and to help restore God’s presence in the world.
As the year comes to a close, Archbishop Aquila urged Catholics to continue to grow in their understanding, of faith and to make use of formation opportunities n the Denver archdiocese. He encouraged Catholics to study the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and “most especially” to take part in daily prayer with Sacred Scripture. He encouraged efforts to serve and encounter the poor, in the ministries and volunteer opportunities in the archdiocese.
Archbishop Aquila said that despite the unique challenges of contemporary culture, there is still “the longing for love” and the desire “to be united with God, who is love itself.”
The archbishop said the Year of Faith has been a “time of grace” in which the faith of many has been deepened. This is “vital” for the future “because the cultural context we live in is becoming increasingly dismissive of faith.”
Retired pontiff Benedict XVI called the year of faith because “Western culture has forgotten God,” the archbishop said.
Benedict announced the Year of Faith his October 2011 apostolic letter “Porta Fidei,” While there was previously a “unitary cultural matrix” that was broadly accepted, he explained, this is no longer the (Read More)