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Last week Pope Benedict XVI made a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto in Loreto, Italy and ushered in the ‘Year of Faith,’ a movement derived from his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei.

Beginning on October 11, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Catholics are asked to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus:

“The ‘door of faith’ is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.”
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Pope’s declaration is especially relevant to Catholic singles. After years of dating, divorce or loss of a spouse, it’s easy for singles to lose faith in love and marriage. As friends and family members find their happily ever after, we, too, wonder if God has that in store for each of us.

One year ago, I had those same thoughts as I hesitantly created a CatholicMatch profile. One year later, I’m rejoicing in God’s love and grace, which has appeared in the form of an Irish, outdoorsy accountant named George.

We’ve all had seasons in life where our faith was dimmed by distrust, loss, sin and hopelessness. Whether it was financial strife, emotional hardship or spiritual doubt, these seasons can damage us to the core and threaten our faith in the One who controls it all.

The Year of Faith is an opportunity for each of us to recommit to our beliefs and to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The world tell us that money, power and success should make us whole, when it’s our Savior who truly completes us.

If you’re in the midst of a trying season, take heart in Pope Benedict’s reminder to the crowd in Loretto:

“Even in difficult times or moments of crisis, there is always a horizon of hope: The Incarnation tells us that we are never alone, that God has come to humanity and that he accompanies us.”

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3 Comments

  1. Brenda-74660 October 8, 2012

    Faith is so important, very thankful that My faith in God sustained me this past year and I look forward to an increase in my faith in this coming year. I have found that praying for God’s graces is very beneficial and my faith does not depend on what people around me do. Time spent in prayer before the blessed sacrament gives me time to allow God to heal me…..may everyone be blessed during this coming year. Brenda

    • Joseph-884740 October 8, 2012

      Your words are very encouraging to me. It’s wonderful to hear from someone that has a strong faith! Joseph-884740

  2. Mary-668515 October 14, 2012

    Jessica, hello again. Your article on “Year of Faith” from Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Letter was so current and I am reading it just after two events which had put it before me. One at my parish with the posted banner in church and the second when my new CM match mentioned The Year of Faith and said he did not know exactly what the details were. Now I can share your articles with him. We both found our study of our Catholic Faith is at a high level and one which we found missing in many of our encounters with others. So you have in your way placed information in the lives of many who would not have it. God Bless You in your new love journey and may I also be blessed . Amen. Mary Margaret

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