From the Anchor, the official Catholic weekly newspaper of the Fall River Diocese:
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — In contemplating the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, cautioned against letting the call to renew our faith become an empty promise.
“I think we need to look at our faith as the biggest gift we have,” Woo told The Anchor. “Think about the most important gift that you’ve ever received … maybe an heirloom from your grandmother or something that your parents left you. Think about the qualities that define them and how they became a part of you. These are the things we cherish.”
Woo went on to say that when we truly cherish something our devotion to it goes beyond mere lip service. It has to entail a degree of dedication and action.
“When you cherish something, you want it to play an active role in your life,” she said. “It becomes a part of you and how you engage other people, how you raise your children, how you approach life. And I think during this Year of Faith we need to cherish our faith as this incredibly important and great gift we’ve received from God — to know Him and to trust in Him and to know that He is in us. We need to cherish it enough to activate it and live it everyday.”