Year of Faith – How to Deepen Your Faith
During this Year of Faith, Catholics are encouraged to find ways to deepen their faith and also to live it out everyday. For some this may come as a surprise, because they have been taught that “faith is caught, not taught.” For others, faith is something that one works on daily.
The truth is, that in order to deepen one’s faith, it takes both an active living out of one’s faith, as well as a belief that God works in and through you to further and deepen your faith.
Six Tips to Deepen Your Faith During the Year of Faith
1. Understand that God works in and through each of us.
It is said that you are the instrument through which God breathes life into and makes the most beautiful music. Everyone, including you, have been given charisms or gifts and your faith deepens when you unite yourself with the great Instrumentalist, God.
When you understand that God wishes to be a part of your life, when you allow Him to do so, then your life and faith deepens as you contemplate ways to be kinder, more loving and more free with your time, talents and treasures.
2. Prayer is key to deepening your faith.
Praying is simply communicating directly with God. God speaks to you through His Word and others, and you respond in kind by adoring Him, thanking Him for all that you have, asking for His intercession for your special needs and loving Him because He is your Creator and Father.
Prayer, just like a conversation, is a way to get to know God. He can work through the words when you read spiritual authors like Pope John Paul II or even the saints like St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Therese of Avila.
He can speak to your heart’s hopes and dreams in formal or informal prayer. Even uttering the name above all names, Jesus, is very powerful.
Some have found when they spend time before the Blessed Sacrament that this is a venue that draws them closer to understanding the Passion, Mercy and Love of Jesus. It is in these moments of quiet and solitude that we will find that God “whispers” His love for you, drawing you ever deeper into understanding the Triune God, thus deepening your faith.
3. Model how important faith is in your life by sharing with others.
St. Francis of Assisi was excellent at sharing his love of God and his deep faith by how he approached each person. He treated each person in a gentle and considerate way, just as if he were ministering to Jesus himself.
You too can share your faith and love for one another. If you believe that God is in everyone, then you can be open to the gifts and talents of your neighbors. And, in a special way, as you share your faith with one another, your faith will increase and deepen even more.
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4. Be an active participant in the sacraments, especially at Mass.
The sacramental life of the Church is rich indeed, especially if you are open the gifts and grace offered by God to all who participate with an open heart. Listen to the words of the Liturgy and the Readings and Gospel. Within the Living Word of God, you too will find the Way, the Truth and the Life that Jesus spoke about over 2,000 years ago.
5. Direct others to further their own faith and love of God.
There are many ways that you can direct others to further their own faith. One quick and easy way is to share with them this helpful website: C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith. C4 was started through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as a way to instruct Catholics and non-Catholics alike through a short video format explanations how to live out their faith.
6. Year of Faith – Live this way everyday!
It isn’t enough to say you have faith, but you need to express your love for God and man each and every day. Then your faith will be visible in the decisions you make, to the media or television programs you watch or participate in, to even how much quality time you spend with those you love.
Faith is deepened when we love unconditionally and by making this lifestyle choice daily. The beauty of living one’s faith daily is that eventually it will become a habit in no time.
Year of Faith Prayer
O God, as you sent your Holy Spirit
upon the early Church
in the fiery tongues and the
mighty wind of Pentecost,
so now, we ask you to send that
same Spirit upon us
that we may go forth to proclaim
the Gospel of Christ to every creature.
We humbly pray that you deepen
your Trinitarian life within us;
make us effective and holy witnesses
of Jesus’ death and Resurrection;
help us to live our Catholic faith
with such joy, conviction and love
that others will be drawn to the
sacred mystery of your Church
and the powerful grace of the sacraments.
We implore you to make us
ministers of your Word,
in speech and action, in truth and charity,
in the mystery of Jesus’ cross
and the light of his resurrected glory.
(Written by Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying, Milwaukee, WI)
Looking for More Information on the Year of Faith?
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