Knowing, Living, Sharing Your Faith

What can we do to celebrate and participate in the Year of Faith?  By knowing your faith, living your faith and sharing your faith.

In calling the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI is first and foremost urging Catholics to KNOW their faith.  Who is Jesus Christ?  What is the Trinity?  How many sacraments are there and what do they do?  What is the role of Mary in salvation history?  In order to have that deep, ongoing encounter with Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church, one must continually grow in knowledge of the Faith.

But our knowledge of Christ and His Church is not merely an academic, intellectual knowledge.  It is knowledge that leads to action.  St. Paul’s writings are centered on the idea that to follow Christ, we must be “like Christ.”  “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given Himself up for me.” (Gal 2:19-20)

How do we LIVE our faith in such a way as to allow ourselves to be transformed into images of Christ? 

  • During this Year of Faith, we should redouble our efforts to live a sacramental life – receiving the Eucharist as often as possible and going to confession on a regular basis. 
  • We also live our faith fully by having a deep prayer life. 
  • Another way we live our faith is through works of charity.  We are called to pour ourselves out in love for others, modeling our own lives after the eternal life of God.

To be a Christian is to be an evangelizer.  We have been given a great gift.  God asks that we SHARE it.  In order to properly evangelize, we must first know and live our faith before we can share it.  

The Year of Faith is a wonderful opportunity for us to grow in our Catholic faith.  There are many opportunities in our Area Faith Community to do this:  Adult & Family Faith Formation once a month, Religious Education for our youth, RCIA classes for adults wishing to join the Catholic Church or anyone interested in learning about our faith, Catholicism Series at St. John’s each month, Mission in February, as well as various Service Projects throughout the year.  Check back weekly for opportunities to grow in your faith.