The Church’s liturgical year recounts: the creation of the world, the fall of Man, and coming judgment – giving us cause for repentance;
the Incarnation, life, sufferings, death, Resurrection and Ascension of the only-begotten Word of God, for our sakes – giving us cause for thanksgiving; the lives of the Mother of God and of the saints – giving us cause for thanksgiving and hope, and encouragement in our own lives.
But the liturgical year is also a source of God’s grace. Through each feast and commemoration, the meaning of the feast is made present in the Church, and the grace of the feast is recalled; this meaning and grace enters into and enlightens the minds and hearts of the faithful as they take part in the liturgical year.
Finally, the liturgical year is a means of union with Christ. As we remember the events which led to our redemption, and the deeds of those who have lived under grace, the Holy Spirit (through the Church’s liturgy) directs our minds and hearts toward the goal of salvation for ourselves and those around us, to so live in this life as to be made fit for eternal life in heaven.