Wednesday, January 15, 2014

From Pope Francis - January 15, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 



During his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis talked about the importance of Baptism. He described it as a special Sacrament that welcomes Christians into their journey of faith.

With thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, he explained that whoever receives the Sacrament is called to be a disciple and missionary.

He also described the Sacrament as a chain that connects generation to generation, adding that Christianity is born and lived out in the Church.

SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we continue our catechesis on the sacrament of baptism by reflecting on how, through baptism, we become members of Christ’s mystical body, the Church.

In every generation, through baptism, we are reborn to the new life of grace and called to be witnesses of the Gospel before the world.  Baptism makes us "missionary disciples” within the communion of the Church.  There is a close bond, then, between our rebirth in water and the Holy Spirit, our responsibility to live this new life within the Church, in our families and our parishes, and our mission to bring the Gospel to others as channels of God’s grace.

We can look to the remarkable history of the Church in Japan, where small communities of the faithful survived clandestinely for over two centuries thanks to the grace of baptism.  May this example help us to appreciate more fully the profound mystical, communitarian and missionary dimensions of our baptism.

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