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We’ve just begun observing the Year of Faith and already, I feel a refreshing breeze sweeping through the Church. Bye, bye, modern cynicism! So long, spiritual doubt! Hasta la vista, critics of faith! I, probably just like you, have had enough of the negativity and am ready to embrace this new perspective.

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website reports:

 

…The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. 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.

 

Beautiful!

 

This year can be life-changing for anyone that grabs hold of this opportunity and makes the most of it. There are many blessings and graces available to everyone in this special season, especially for single Catholics.

 

First, you can take advantage of the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence. Who couldn’t use having a lifetime of temporal punishment getting wiped away? These opportunities for graces like these make a huge impact upon those who receive them.

 

It’s also a great time to focus on your interior life and see what aspects might require your attention. If you are trying to get through a difficult time and have many worries and doubts, recommit yourself to trusting in God. Of course that doesn’t mean you just sit back and wait for things to happen, but it does mean that you move ahead with a childlike faith, trusting that God will work all things for your good (cf. Romans 8:28).

 

Next, it’s a great time to stop and evaluate the relationships you have with your friends, dates, and family. Especially as we get closer to Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, is there a relationship that could use a boost? Someone who hasn’t heard from you in a long time? Someone that could use an unexpected emotigram, positive email or phone call from you? This is a perfect opportunity to bridge any relationship gaps.

 

The holiday season is a time when it’s easy to feel disappointed if you are not in a relationship and one of the best ways to combat that feeling is to focus on someone else. As you read this, is there anyone that comes to mind who could use a little cheer? If so, don’t wait for someone else to make the first move – be magnanimous. Take the initiative. Now is a great time to invite someone to go to Mass with you.

 

In Disciples Called to Witness: A Statement On The New Evangelization, we are reminded of our call to bring others to Christ:

 

According to a recent Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) study, the most common reasons given by Catholics who do not regularly attend Mass are not related to controversial issues. The reasons given instead point to a gradual slipping away from the faith. Most Catholics stop attending Mass because they (1) have busy schedules or a lack of time, (2) have family responsibilities, (3) have health problems or disabilities, (4) have conflicts with work, (5) do not believe missing Mass is a sin, or (6) believe that they are not very religious people.7 In other words, many of our brothers and sisters have simply drifted away from the Church.

 

By taking up the call of the New Evangelization, we will do as St. Paul commands us: “Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you.”

 

Now is the perfect time to recommit yourself to trusting God with your future and bringing joy to others who may not have any joy in their life.

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7 Comments

  1. Stephen-725391 October 29, 2012

    Lisa,

    From the very first time I listened to you on DivorcedCatholic.com audio program, there was something that resonated with me and penetrated the jaded exterior built up over the years of legal practice and a dysfunctional marital relationship (which is coming close to closure through the annulment process). I could not but allow trust to seep in and through as I first listened and then read your comments, blogs and advice. These quotes following from the blog above show what I think was part of what let me begin to trust again – the moderation of the practical with the religious/scriptural and the religious/scriptural with the practical so that one does not overwhelm the other and vice versa. Thanks again and hopefully my experience will translate into some good as yours has for me and probably many others.

    “Of course that doesn’t mean you just sit back and wait for things to happen, but it does mean that you move ahead with a childlike faith, trusting that God will work all things for your good (cf. Romans 8:28).”

    “Now is the perfect time to recommit yourself to trusting God with your future and bringing joy to others who may not have any joy in their life.”

    Stephen

  2. Dan-410503 October 29, 2012

    Exactly how I feel about this liturgical year. I hope that I am able, even in some small way, to help people discover the awesome beauty of the faith. So too am I hoping to do that for myself. It’s a year of rediscovering the mysteries and gifts contained in over 2000 years of this institution. I am rededicating myself to surrendering fully to God and to follow the Church’s teachings as faithfully as possible (knowing that I stumble greatly, and therefore need even greater graces!). What an exciting time!

    • Tracy-913983 October 30, 2012

      We are so complex; when God is so SIMPLE, GREAT and MAGNIFICANT. When we learn the BASIC IMPORTANCE OF LIFE THEN ONLY ARE WE JUST BEGINNING TO LIVE THE WONDERS OF ALL HIS CREATION AND PURPOSE.

  3. Yamileth-863895 October 29, 2012

    I greet you all, congratulate you for such nice site, because I am a faithful follower of God, I have faith in, I am a Hispanic woman looking for a humble person like myself religious principles, I am a very friendly, good principles , ready to start a family, I am a single mother, I have three beautiful daughters, I’m here because for God nothing is impossible, for there is no difference of cultures, race, color and language. I look for a person that makes me feel important in your life, as it will be for me, love one another, to enjoy our love without hiding it, to go for a walk holding hands, just ask God in my prayers I make my way the right person, I want to give a second chance to be happy in my life. I have 39 years. I just ask that if there is an event of meeting single people, kindly inviting me to this event, I’m going to thank a lot, I have great faith in half to find my half there. thanks

    • Iris-675119 December 11, 2012

      I will pray for you, because I know is hard to find the other half. God Bless You!

  4. Emeh-910920 October 29, 2012

    I am happy to be a part of this site, meanwhile i am a single boy looking for life partner as God created it. I always read Bible Genesis 2: 18 and 24 and i believe to get my own comparable woman from here in other to have my own family as a man. I was born and brought up in Catholic Church and i will remain in Catholic Church throughout my life in Jesus name amen.

    Thanks.

  5. Nigel-748943 October 30, 2012

    The Year of Faith should give every Roman Catholic in the world, the opportunity to spend some quiet time every day, and allow himself / herself to become united to God.

    Each of us should realise the fact that God is eternal, generous, immortal, peaceful, perfect, and powerful.

    There is a strong need for us to pray every day, and frequently use of the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist.

    Thanking God every day, for His eternal and unfathomable generosity to us, is also an extremely important practice for us.

    I am extremely thankful to God, for giving me the privilege of being a Roman Catholic!!!

    Nigel.
    748943.

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