Pope Francis Talks About Baptism, the First Sacrament

Pope Francis is beginning a catechesis on the sacraments. It’s a fitting catechesis for today, the day we celebrate the baptism of Our Lord.

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  • Ray Glennon

    Rebecca, Thanks for pointing out the Pope’s catechesis on the sacraments. For those interested, here is the full English text of his teaching on Baptism. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140108_udienza-generale_en.html

    The Pope also baptized 32 infants at Mass today for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During his homily the Pope said, “These children are links in a chain…You parents have a baby son or daughter to be baptized, but in several years, it will be they that have a baby to baptize, or a grandchild and so, the chain of faith!… This chain of faith began with Christ, whose baptism the Church celebrates today. Although Jesus did not need to be baptized… with his body, with his divinity, he blessed all waters.” Speaking to the parents the Pope emphasized, “Above all, I want to tell you this: you are the persons who hand on the faith, the transmitters; you have the duty to pass on the faith to these babies. It is the most beautiful inheritance that you can give them: the faith!”

    If the children are the links in the chain, then the parents and the entire Church community must do whatever we can to ensure that strongest (i.e., most faithful) chain possible.

    A more complete report of his homily is here. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/hand-on-the-faith-pope-instructs-parents-at-baptism/

    Twitter: @rayglennon:disqus

    • hamiltonr

      Thanks Ray.

  • SisterCynthia

    Dec. 12, 1993, 19yrs and 2 days after my inauguration into the air-breathing world. I like what Francis said… it has always been a kind of personal holiday for me, to reflect on what the Lord has done in my life, first over the last year, then “the years since that day,” and in my life to get me to that point. Amusingly, Dec. 12th is also the day my husband asked me to marry him, by coincidence, not planning of course, but it does add another dimension to my reflections. :)

    • hamiltonr

      Lovely story Sister. Thanks for sharing it.