Welcome to the Year of Faith

During most of my life, I had no idea that the Church commemorated years like this, but now that I know, I think it’s quite cool.  I want to pass around some suggestions for you and I for the Year of Faith that begins today and goes to November 2013.

10 Suggestions for the Year of Faith

These are suggestions for myself as well!  Hopefully these don’t sound high-and-mighty; that is not my intention.  I just thought I’d pass on some friendly ideas that could bring us all closer to God.  🙂

1.) Read the Apostles Creed.  Really read it – line by line.  This is what we believe.  Say it and say it with conviction.  🙂

2.) Read some Scripture and some Catechism.  Maybe before you go to sleep each night, you can read from one of them.  Since this is the year of FAITH, our faith is something we should study and become more familiar with.

3.) GO TO CONFESSION!  I should have written this one first.  In 2006, I had a conversion to my own faith and making a good confession (for the first time in my life?) was a huge part of that.  I’m telling you – make a good confession, tell the priest everything – and great things will happen.  For me, everything was so much more clear; Homilies made a lot of sense, etc.

4.) Read up on the documents of the Second Vatican Council.  I think this was quite a misunderstood council, but it has some great gems.  I need to read this too.  Here’s where you can start.

5.) Do some spiritual reading, perhaps by the saints.  I HIGHLY recommend If You Really Loved Me by Jason Evert, Theology of the Body for beginners, and Story of a Soul by St. Terese.  These were all life-changing for me.  <3

6.) Help those in need – volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to the food pantry, volunteer in your church, participate in the 40 Days for Life, etc etc.

7.) Donate money (if you’re able) to worthy causes like Catholic Charities.

8.) Start Rosary Time with your family.  Maybe begin with just a decade a day.  Meditating on Jesus’ life through each of the mysteries can really teach us about our faith.

9.) Go to Eucharistic Adoration and spend some time listening to God.  He will open our eyes.

10.) Listen to Catholic radio.  I listen to Relevant Radio.  It really does “bridge the gap between faith and everyday life.”  Faith <– did you see that?  You can learn so much listening to the amazing hosts on this radio station!  Drew Mariani is my favorite, but they’re all great!  [Inspiration for this post came from his facebook page.]

For more information, visit the USCCB website – United States Council of Catholic Bishops.  The Holy Father has a surprise for us just for this year designation.  You can find it at the aforementioned link.

Credo in Deum Patrem
I believe in God the Father.

That one line says so much about our faith.  I heard on Relevant Radio that they’re going to be making bracelets that say that.  I really want one.

If you’re a Catholic who’s been away from the faith for whatever reason, I would love to invite you back.  Just take a minute and check out this website: Catholics Come Home <3

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