— October 2012 to November 2013 —
November Spotlight: Bishop Anthony B. Taylor
In this video, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, explains that for him, "faith is that movement in my heart whereby I become so closely united to Jesus and he so fully the center of my life, all that I hope and dream for, that I in some measure become Christ for others. In other words, faith is not so much about what I know as it is about who I know." This is the final Year of Faith testimonial from Catholics in Arkansas. Though the Year of Faith ends Nov. 24, 2013, our opportunity to grow in relationship with the Lord never ends. The bishop ends his video by reminding us of the prayer of St. Augustine: "Our hearts are restless until they rest in you!" To watch previous video spotlights, visit us on YouTube.
"Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual 'desertification'. In the (Second Vatican) Council's time it was already possible from a few tragic pages of history to know what a life or a world without God looked like, but now we see it every day around us.
"In the desert we rediscover the value of what is essential for living; thus in today's world there are innumerable signs, often expressed implicitly or negatively, of the thirst for God, for the ultimate meaning of life.
"Living faith opens the heart to the grace of God which frees us from pessimism. Today, more than ever, evangelizing means witnessing to the new life, transformed by God, and thus showing the path."
— Pope Benedict XVI, Homily to Inaugurate the Year of Faith, St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Oct. 11, 2012
Three Main Goals
This special event, which is being celebrated worldwide, runs from Oct. 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, to Nov. 24, 2013, the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. In the Diocese of Little Rock, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor summed up the purpose of the Year of Faith in a Sept. 9, 2012 letter to Arkansas pastors. He said we are to:
- Open our hearts to get to know Jesus better.
- Open our minds to understand and embrace Jesus' teachings more fully.
- Engage our wills to address today's issues in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How Can We Do This?
In his homily played at all Masses Oct. 6-7, 2012, Bishop Taylor offered several suggestions for how we can achieve all three goals. The following resources are among the suggestions he made in his homily. Listen or read his homily to find out how the links below can be used.
- Year of Faith Events in Arkansas
- Catholic Prayers in English, Spanish or Latin
- Mass Times in Arkansas
- Adoration Times in Arkansas
- Confession Times in Arkansas
- Little Rock Scripture Study
- "Vatican II: 50 Years Ago Today," a daily blog written at the council
- "Dei Verbum" (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation)
- "Lumen Gentium" (Dogmatic Constitution on The Church)
- "Sacrosanctum Concilium" (Constitution on The Sacred Liturgy)
- "Gaudium Et Spes" (Pastoral Constitution on The Church in The Modern World)
- Second Vatican Council Blog (A 16-part series written by bishops reviewing the 16 documents from the council fathers)
- Church Teachings on the Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person
- Protect Religious Liberty
- Church Teachings on Marriage
- "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States"
- Little Rock Theology Institute
- Return to the Faith
Updated Nov. 12, 2013