The Year of Faith continues to provide each one of us innumerable opportunities to encounter the Lord in new and unexpected ways. It is a time of renewal and hope, especially here at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
And the recently months have seen remarkable movements in the life of the Church, but none more significant than the news that Pope Benedict XVI would step down from his office on February 28. The news came as a surprise to so many throughout the world, and certainly to those of us here at Sacred Heart.
Just a week before the announcement, Pope Benedict gave the annual Lenten address in which he emphasized the important link between faith and charity. In that address, he said:
“Like any gift of God, faith and charity have their origin in the action of one and the same Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Cor 13), the Spirit within us that cries out ‘Abba, Father’ (Gal 4:6), and makes us say, ‘Jesus is Lord!’ (1 Cor 12: 3) and ‘Maranatha!’ (1 Cor 16:22).”
And now, following the papal conclave, the Church welcomes a new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Even in the first days of his pontificate, we can see the work of the Holy Spirit in providing us again with a shepherd who loves the sheep.
The latest issue of our publication, Mosaic, continues to explore the theme of supernatural faith during the Year of Faith. I hope you encounter with new vibrancy the love of the Lord during this special period of grace. May this be a time, as Pope Emeritus Benedict encourages in his address, when you and I “rekindle our faith in Jesus Christ so as to enter with him into the dynamic of love for the Father and for every brother and sister that we encounter in our lives.”
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness