The announcement of the Year of faith came rather as a surprise to me. I’ve heard about it early this year but I didn’t pay much attention. It’s kind of embarrassing to say that I just read the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidie of His Holiness that came out October 2011 which explained the context del Ano de la Fe. Three things. The opening of the Year of Faith in Rome last Thursday, October 11 marks fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (October 11, 1962) and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (October 11, 1992). And then there’s the synod of Bishops in Rome that began on October 7, Sunday until October 28, 2012, Sunday, summoned by the Holy Father himself to discuss the “New Evangelization for the transmission of Faith”, the hallmark of his Pontificate. The year of Faith will conclude on November 24, 2013 on the Feast of Christ the King. Reading Bishop Kicanas’ blog from Rome and other news report citing especially the words of the Bishops from the Philippines have been very helpful. I can tell their messages are shaped by the current issues faced in respective places.
I heard a story (nothing new under the sun, happens to many) about a Catholic man, former altar server, raised in Catholic circles, married a woman without any religious affiliation (as in nada) shopped for churches and ended up….secret. I was told that he didn’t even bring Catholicism into the equation. He just let his spouse choose whatever church. Que pasa? That easy? to abandon your childhood faith? I understand that there are failures in Catechesis especially not being able to focus on family ministry that will attract younger parents into the church but to give it up like nothing is hard to accept. Amen.