For me, the Year of Faith in observance of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II feels like a victory lap. It isn't a victory I earned or deserved or even worked for, but one that God gave me anyway. Suffice it to say that it's a personal confirmation of the idea that when you're wrestling with God, you're far better off losing than winning.
The Church wins when we are open to the world without emulating or imitating it. In other words, we are at our very best when we are so in love with Jesus Christ that we welcome pharisees and sinners alike as he did -- and still does. With examples like St. Paul and St. Augustine, we can be certain that we will never be able to tell the wheat from the weeds when it comes to the people who show up at our doorstep.
Look out on the fields and see that the time of harvest is approaching. This Year of Faith is a call to go out into those fields. I say that knowing that many of them may well be within the walls of our own homes, even our own hearts. Jesus is calling. In the coming days many will hear his call for the first time, or answer it for the first time in a long time. We need to be ready to welcome every soul with openness, with the unprecedented hospitality of spirit modeled for us by the Second Vatican Council.
Jaymie Stuart Wolfe is a wife and mother of eight children, and a disciple of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. She is an inspirational author, speaker, musician and serves as an Associate Children's Editor at Pauline Books and Media.
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