2012-06-22 L’Osservatore RomanoWe must move beyond the spiritual poverty of a world that is no longer able to perceive the presence of God. The Year of Faith – desired by Benedict XVI and which will span from 11 October to 24 November 2013 – is for those who long for God.
The rhythm of this time of grace was illustrated on Thursday morning, 21 June, in the Holy See Press Office, by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The Year of Faith “intends to sustain the faith of many believers who in daily toil do not cease to entrust with conviction and courage their lives to the Lord”. Although the testimony of faith doesn't make the news among men, the Archbishop noted, “it is precious in the eyes of the Most High”.
The challenge now is to recover the lost sense in a world marked by a general crisis that has not spared even the faith itself. Decades of this which Archbishop Fisichella did not hesitate to call “incursions of a secularism which in the name of individual autonomy demanded independence from every revealed authority and made its own programme that of 'living in the world as though God did not exist'”. This generated an anthropological crisis “that left man to himself”, leaving him “confused, alone, at the mercy of powers whose face he does not even know, and without an end to his life”.
Hence, we must go beyond. Through a process significantly represented by the logo that will characterize each of the many planned events. It is the classic image of the Church represented by a boat navigating subtle waves. The mast is a cross, which hoists sails on which dynamic signs carry the trigram of Christ: IHS. This is set to the background of the sun which, uniting with the trigram, creates a symbolic image of the Eucharist.