Editor's Note: During the month of November, as the Year of Faith draws to a close, we will be celebrating all the fruits of this year. Each day we will feature a short reflection from Catholics all over the country and world, sharing what God has done. If you want to share your own fruits with us, email us a short reflection (no more than 500 words, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear how God has blessed you and deepened your faith this year!
Oh what a year it has been!
Our Year of Faith began with a wedding – our wedding to be exact. When Pope Benedict first announced the Year of Faith, our wedding date had already been set. How blessed we were to be beginning our new life together at the start of this exciting time in the Catholic Church!
Beginning our life as husband and wife has allowed us to begin our own faith traditions for our family. It has been a joy to share family prayers, to set up our Nativity set for our first Christmas, and to build up our faith together.
The Year became even more exciting when we found out we were expecting our first child. What a blessed surprise. Our faith and love began to grow and deepen all the more as we prayed for this child and anxiously awaited his arrival.
Now, we have a son who has filled our home with more love than we ever could have imagined. In his short life so far, he has given me new eyes of faith. As we attend Mass each weekend as a family, I find myself looking forward to the years that are still to come – the opportunities to teach him about his faith and meeting the people who will help him along his faith journey.
Our Year of Faith will end with a baptism – our son’s baptism. As a family, we will have begun and ended our Year with two beautiful sacraments. I cannot think of a better open and close. God has blessed us so abundantly during this special year. And we are so thankful for it every day.
- E.B. in Indiana