Newsletter 24 November 2013
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Feast of Christ the King
Today is the Feast of Christ the King and marks the end of the Church’s Year. The Scripture readings today, then, are all about endings, both our own and the ending of the world, seen through the eyes of faith. The call of the Word of God is clear: do not be frightened; there will be fearful sights but not a hair of your head will be lost; the light of God will shine out with healing in its rays. So we face the future with hope for we know that all endings are within the sight of God, even the most distressing. God has shown this to us clearly in the death of Jesus, the only Son of God, who died in agony and isolation. In Jesus, God embraced all our endings and in the Resurrection of Jesus made clear His will that they have a glorious final outcome.
Today also marks the end of the Year of Faith we have been following at the invitation of Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. This Year of Faith has had two main aims: that we rediscover and deepen the joy of believing and that we recover enthusiasm for sharing that faith with others. The first aim, we might well say, draws on the great strength of Pope Benedict, a graceful teacher
of the faith; the second from the impact and priority of Pope Francis, that we get out there and show our faith by the way we live.
We hope that you can look back and recall points of impact of the Year of Faith in your lives.
We in Tramore & Carbally have certainly undertaken our Year of Faith by going to Rome and Assisi in a historical moment in history – during the Sede Vacante and praying at the Tomb of St Francis. We have developed our love of the Rosary, and engaged in discovering our faith through the many talks and prayer services in our diocese.
Through the year we pondered first of all our faith in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father, incarnate of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, then the importance of the sacraments, then the practice of the moral life and finally the place of prayer in our daily lives