"In this Year of Faith may God show His face
to all who seek Him with a sincere heart."~ POPE BENEDICT XVI
"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: ... ...
The relationship between these two virtues (faith and charity) resembles that between the two fundamental sacraments of the Church: Baptism and Eucharist. Baptism (sacramentum fidei) precedes the Eucharist (sacramentum caritatis), but is ordered to it, the Eucharist being the fullness of the Christian journey.
In a similar way, faith precedes charity, but faith is genuine only if crowned by charity. Everything begins from the humble acceptance of faith (“knowing that one is loved by God”), but has to arrive at the truth of charity (“knowing how to love God and neighbour”), which remains for ever, as the fulfillment of all the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13:13)."
Excerpt from Lenten Message 2013, Pope Benedict XVI