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Monday, February 4, 2013

Catechism of the Catholic Church - The Year of Faith

Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Year of Faith

My Challenging Journey
Apostolic Letter
 Porta Fidei
For the Indiction of the Year of Faith

“The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church…To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime.  It begins with baptism…and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life. (Porta Fidei 1)

Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ. (2)

I have decided to announce a Year of Faith.  It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth (50th ) anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013.  The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth (20th) anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith. (4)

We want this year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness…It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed;…and also the source from which all its power flows.” (9)

In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool.  It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council…Here, in fact, we see the wealth of the teaching that the Church has received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history. (11)

 “That the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph” (2 Thessalonians 3:1): may this Year of Faith make our relationship with Christ the Lord increasingly firm, since only in him is there the certitude for looking to the future and the guarantee of an authentic and lasting love.” (15) Pope Benedict XVI 11 October 2011

Taking this challenge to heart I hope to deepen my faith by spending The Year of Faith studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church using the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults and its companion Study Guide.  Each blog will have an active link below.  Here is my journey. 

My Challenging Journey 
The Year of Faith, Introduction
Part One:  The First Pillar - The Profession of Faith
Section One - CCC #26-184 Profession of Faith

  Chapter 1 Man's Capacity for God - CCC #26-49
  Chapter 2 God Comes to Meet Man - CCC #50-141
        God Reveals His Holy Name - CCC#50 -73
        Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature - CCC #74-141
  Chapter 3 Man's Response to God - CCC #142-184
Section Two - CCC #185 - 1065 Profession of Faith: Creed
  Chapter 1 I Believe in God The Father - CCC #199 - 354
        I Believe in One God - CCC #199 - 231
        The Father - CCC #232 - 267

Christ Pantocrator - Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine - Sinai, Egypt (encaustic on panel - 1st half of the 6th century)

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