April 15, 2013

Joy And Hope

Back in October now Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed this to be "The Year of Faith" for all baptized Catholics. In the words of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "The goal of The Year of Faith is to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example."

Catholics are invited to draw nearer to our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ - to delve more deeply into our beautiful Faith which is rich in 2000 year old Tradition. We are encouraged read The Scriptures often, to learn about the lives of the saints and to read the catechism and some very beautiful Church documents.

The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World 'Gaudium et Spes,' meaning "Joy and Hope" is one of the documents of Vatican II Council which Catholics are invited to read in this Year of Faith. I chose to mention this particular document because I love the way it expresses the relation of the Church to all mankind.

From Gaudium et Spes:
"The council brings to mankind light kindled from the Gospel, and puts at its disposal those saving resources with the Church herself, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, receives from her Founder." and "Inspired by no earthly ambition, the Church seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of the befriending Spirit."

I chose to mention this passage because for me it expresses two things of primary importance. First the role of the Church in the world: to enlighten mankind under the guidance of the Holy Spirit by way of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Secondly it expresses the reason I am loyal to the magisterium - because the Church is in fact led by the Holy Spirit of God.

What a beautiful Faith we have - how very blessed we are! There's so much Truth and beauty at our disposal to enrich and enlighten ourselves - and in turn - the world around us! Gaudium et Spes is just one example of many beautiful documents and teachings of the Church which can aid us in our journey to grow ever nearer to Christ.

Now more than ever - there are many in need of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We live in a culture which not only chooses to live in direct contrast with the ways of the Lord - it has been unceasingly striving to inflict it's secular lifestyle into the Holy Church. The Church cannot and will not waver from Truth and teachings which are based on Sacred Scripture and Apostolic Tradition - handed down by Christ Himself. A profound cultural lack of respect and understanding prevails- and it is our responsibility to enlighten.

As followers of Christ we are called to share the light of Truth with others so they can achieve salvation. To do this we must first develop our own relationship with The Lord so the Holy Spirit can work through us.

So please - as called by Benedict XVI - learn more about your beautiful Faith! Read a bit of Scripture every day and let the Lord speak to you, if only for a minute or two. Never forget to pray! Try to become familiar with the lives of the saints, the catechism and some beautiful Church documents. A treasure trove of Faith is there waiting for you. Christ Himself stands beside you always - His Hand always outstretched just waiting for you to take it - and then share The Good News with others.

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