To mark the Year of Faith one of our local parish churches is hosting a series of twelve meetings on Vatican II. Tyas and I are attending them. It is good formation for Tyas as part of her novitiate and a great “mini renewal” for me! So far there have been three meetings: 1. An Introduction to Vatican II 2. Liturgy and 3. The Church. The input has been really good – a refreshing reminder of the depth and beauty of our Church! It is so good to spend this time with a hundred or so others all of whom are keen to know more about the Church. Already I am looking forward to next week’s input!
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What amazing times we live in! Who would have thought that at the end of this month Benedict XVI would retire from public life to make way for a younger man to take his place at the head of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s a brave decision and one marked by true humility. Let’s pray for Benedict and for our Church at this crucial time. Meanwhile, let us look to the future with hope…God is with us and the Spirit continues to guide the Church…
Today the Year of Faith begins – let us rejoice in this extended opportunity to celebrate and grow in our faith. I really love these words from the Rite of Baptism: “This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” One of the ways that I’d like to celebrate my faith is to express it in action – to live the Gospel through acts of love and service. I want to make this year count…Let’s all make this year count and draw each other forward in faith as we do so!
In less than a week the church will declare the beginning of the Year of Faith – what a great opportunity for us all to stop and reflect on how we live our lives as women of faith. I hope I can use this time to think about my faith and even more importantly to recommit myself to witnessing to the Gospel and to helping to build the reign of God. Any opportunity to spread the love of God is a good one – let’s grasp this one and live it fully!