Did you make a new year’s resolution?
Are you committed to doing something that will make you happier? Healthier?
If you have room for one more resolution — one you’ll keep and not abandon after the first few weeks of this new year — how about committing to something that will deepen your faith and better equip you to share it with others?
The archdiocese’s new Rediscover: initiative offers that opportunity.
- Make time to read “Rediscover Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly, the book your parish handed out last month. It will help you become what Kelly calls “the best version of ourselves” through the “genius of Catholicism.” If you read just 10 pages a day, you’ll finish it in about a month. Also, if your parish is hosting a Rediscover: Catholic Book Club, consider joining it and entering into a community conversation about faith with other members of your parish.
- Commit to attending the four talks in the 2013 Faith Speakers Series that begins in February on topics ranging from finding God’s purpose for your life to overcoming life’s challenges through God’s grace. (See page 4 for details). Bring a friend or two with you — following each presentation there will be an opportunity for social time and discussion.
- Save the date for the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. It will feature Mass, great music, a slate of internationally known speakers, and a host of exhibits about faith formation, worship and service opportunities. Registration begins in April.
- If you haven’t already, read Archbishop John Nienstedt’s recent pastoral letter on the New Evangelization, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” (You can find it at http://www.archspm.org; click on “reference” and then “pastoral letters.”) In addition to talking about the importance of encountering the living Jesus and sharing the Good News with others, the archbishop outlines a seven-point plan for a deeper faith life.
In this Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, the Rediscover: initiative is an invitation to learn more about the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith, to find what true happiness is all about.
Let’s not decline the invitation. Let’s resolve to accept it and the promise it offers for us to grow closer to Jesus and his Church.