The Year of Faith with Mary
Benedict XVI About Faith
Benedict XVI in his Motu Proprio Porta Fidei has many ways to characterize the meaning of faith.  Here are some of the most important ones rendered as to their meaning rather than to a literal transcription.
  • Faith is an invitation to live a life of communion with God.

  • Let us rediscover faith as a journey and live it with joy.

  • Faith means to develop a taste for the word of God.

  • Let us rediscover the power and beauty of the faith in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • The Year of Faith should lead us to an authentic and sincere profession of the true faith.

  • Strive for an exact knowledge of the faith.

  • A faith not witnessed is no real faith.

  • Faith means conversion to the Lord.

  • Faith initiates a radical new reality of our life:  Resurrection.

  • Faith leads to love of God, and love of God leads to evangelization.

  • The certitude of faith lies in the self-abandonment to God’s love.

  • Faith is both personal and communitarian.

  • Knowing faith leads to understanding, understanding leads to conviction, conviction leads to love, love to witness.

  • Faith needs to become one:  synthetic, organic, and systematic.

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church is no theory but the encounter with a person living in the church:  Jesus Christ Himself.

  • Moral life makes sense only when related to faith, liturgy, and prayer.

  • The history of the faith is a history of our journey with Christ, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2).

  • Luminous models of our faith are the saints: Mary, the apostles, Christ’s disciples through the ages, men and women of all ages and walks of life.

  • Faith without charity bears no fruit.

  • Let us not grow lazy in the faith.



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