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.”