Although the National Championship game on Monday was a day of sad defeat for many Catholics, I found a victory in the Catholic Coming Home commercial featuring former ND coach Lou Holtz. Holtz gave a beautiful picture of our faith by speaking to the importance of prayer, sacramental graces and love. It warmed my heart to know thousands were watching and hearing this important figure in the world of sports speak frankly about his beliefs and devotion to his Catholic faith. What an inspiration to see someone so unashamed of their love for God! This is how we are all called to live – sharing our love for our Lord by proclaiming it from the rooftops, on national TV and even in the privacy of our own homes. In particular, we are called this year to pay special attention to evangelization because of this Year of Faith. Although the Year of Faith officially began on October 11th, 2012, I say it’s not too late to make your resolution to live out this Year of Faith to the fullest. Drawing from the eclectic lives of the saints, let us live out our lives as ones devoted wholly to our Faith!
Faith can mean trusting in someone, believing in God or be specific to “a faith” such as Catholicism. Any and all of these meanings are encompassed in this Year of Faith. We can resolve to participate by living an authentically Catholic life through loving others and receiving the grace of the sacraments. When friends and family see us changing our lives to devote to faith, it reminds them of God’ love and promise of eternal joy, and they find themselves changing as well. They may even inspire us as we weary from our resolution.
So, let us remind the world that our faith is not bland – it is so alive! I see it in the lives of the 30 some students choosing a life of community, prayer and evangelization through the Saint Paul’s Outreach Household; I see it in the seasoned priest delivering passionate homilies each week; I see it in the rowdy faith of five in the back row of the church; and I see the vibrancy of our faith in myself and I resolve to share it!