year of faith

'Partakers of the Divine Nature'

The cover of Archbishop Carlson's new pastoral letter, entitled "Partakers of the Divine Nature."

When Archbishop Robert Carlson came to his new assignment in the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich., in 2005, he admitted to feeling a little sorry for himself.

He had loved the 11 years he'd spent in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D. "In the midst of feeling sorry for myself, the Lord placed on my heart this -- He said, 'Every good thing that happened to you in Sioux Falls, I did for you,'" said the archbishop. "'And if you hadn't been generous and left, you might have thought you did it yourself.'"

Year of two popes leaves indelible mark on Year of Faith

VATICAN CITY -- The goal of the Year of Faith, which concludes Nov. 24, has been to educate Catholics about basic Church teachings, strengthen their faith and inspire them to share it with others. If it has succeeded, as organizers say it has, the credit ultimately lies less with its special projects and events than with the historic papal transition that occurred in its course.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Faith is nourished and sustained by prayer

Theresa Prosser became a Consecrated Virgin at a Mass celebrated with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel of the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury on Oct. 26, 2013. Prosser laid prostrate on the floor as the Litany of the Saints was chanted and then the archbishop prayed.

This is the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI a year ago, which will conclude at the end of this month on the Feast of Christ the King, November 30, 2013. Guided by Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("Light of Faith"), which follows the encyclicals written by his predecessor on love and hope, I have spent the past five weeks writing about faith. This article and two more to come will complete this series of reflections on the gift of faith.

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