Franciscans Led to the Porta Fide, Door of Faith
As we await the coming of the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy shares notes of Father Joachim Giermek’s, OFM Conv. July 7, 2012 reflections at our Manitowoc, WI, Motherhouse.
As we Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity gathered for our Quasi Chapter meeting, Father Joachim Giermek OFM, Conv. led us to the Porta Fide, the Door of Faith. The document so titled by Pope Benedict introduces the Year of Faith beginning October 11, 2012.
Father reminded us that “The door (of faith) is always open to the room into which we were invited at our Baptism. We contemplate where we have come by faith, where we stand in faith and where we are led by faith.” We explore where we have come by revisiting the riches of the Documents of Vatican II, now 50 years old. We examine where we stand in faith as we make our own the tenets of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, now 20 years old. Finally we look to where we are led by faith by making our own the social doctrine of the Church which continually lends faith to our everyday living and consideration of contemporary issues.
Reflecting on the Gospel for the day’s liturgy Father Joachim urged us, “As long as life continues there will be development from prayer, reflection and fruitful argument. Keep the old and preserve it with the new that comes to us in Christ Jesus.”