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Pontifical homepage for the Year of Faith: Pope Francis and the Year of Faith.

I came across the Pontifical homepage for the Year of Faith,  and knew that it’s a must- share. I can’t believe that I hadn’t looked for it sooner. Clear, informative and educational links.

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The Holy Father Francis spoke also about the Year of Faith in the Meeting with representatives of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities, and other religions. The following is an excerpt from his speech.

“[…]I begin my apostolic ministry,” he continued, “in this year that my venerated predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, with a truly inspired intuition, proclaimed the Year of Faith for the Catholic Church. With this initiative, which I wish to continue and which I hope serves as a stimulus for each of us in our journey of faith, he wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, proposing a type of pilgrimage to what is essential for every Christian: a personal and transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died and rose again for our salvation. The heart of the Council’s message lies precisely in the desire to proclaim this ever-valid treasure of the faith to the persons of our time.[…]”
(Pope Francis, Audience with representatives of Churches and Ecclesial Communities and of other Religions , Wednesday, 20 march 2013).

Direct quote from the Pontifical homepage for the Year of Faith.

 

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My Heroine of the Olympics: Meseret Defar

An Orthodox Christian, Meseret Defar,  entrusted her 5km race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish line in 15:04:24, beating her fellow Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the favorite to win. Teary-eyed, she proudly showed the picture of the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus that she carried with her for the entire race. After the finish, she took it out, knelt down and prayed, then kissed it and showed it to the cameras several times. She was one of a number of athletes who openly shared their belief in Christ. These athletes left the BBC commentators at a loss for words when praying or blessing themselves,  and the UK blogosphere has rightfully commented on this. (Read here for a good example.) 

Today on the feast of The Assumption, our Parish Priest linked the homily with the obvious love of and dedication to Our Lady that Meseret Defar has. Her joy at winning the gold, was accentuated beautifully by her display of gratitude to Our Lady.

He encouraged us to contemplate our Christian Journey and consider it similar to that of a life of an athlete having many facets such as:  sacrifice, dedication, failure, emotion, fighting a battle of will, vision, an ultimate goal and determination. Our ultimate goal being to reaching Heaven one day. He referred to Our Lady’s Journey of Faith as a model we can look up to for inspiration and enlightenment. One which contained all of the above elements, not withstanding pain and suffering.