Monday, October 7, 2013

Marianist Monday

Last October Pope Benedict XVI announced a special "Year of Faith" to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.

"It will be a moment of grace and commitment to an ever fuller conversion to God, to reinforce our faith in him and to proclaim him with joy to the people of our time," the pope said in his homily.

And it was with this in mind that the Diocese of Rockville Centre sponsored a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Our two high schools accompanied the diocesan wide pilgrimage on Saturday, October 28th,

"Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy," the pope wrote.

In his apostolic letter, the pope said the year's focus will be on Jesus Christ because "in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfillment."

Pope Benedict said that in addition to studying the catechism and gaining a greater understanding of the creed, the Year of Faith also must be accompanied with more acts of charity.

Faith helps people recognize the face of Christ in those who are suffering, and "it is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbor along the journey of life," the pope wrote.
A small group of our pilgrims stopped in the Basilica while touring.
One of our pilgrims proclaimed the Word at the filled Basilica.
Our pilgrims paused for a picture at the Basilica steps.