07/01/2018 - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

07/01/2018 - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Postby Alice » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:56 pm

Sunday 7 January 2018

FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
CELEBRATION OF HOLY MASS AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM TO NEW-BORN BABIES


HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

Sistine Chapel
Sunday, 7 January 2018


Dear Parents,

You have brought your children for Baptism, and this is the first step in that task that you have, the task of transmitting the faith.

But we need the Holy Spirit to transmit the faith; we cannot do it alone. Being able to transmit the faith, the opportunity to transmit it, is a grace of the Holy Spirit; and this is why you have brought your children here: so that they may receive the Holy Spirit, receive the Trinity — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit — who will dwell in their hearts.

I would like to tell you only one thing, which pertains to you: transmission of the faith can only be done “in dialect”, in the dialect of daddy and mommy, of grandpa and grandma. Then the catechists will come to develop this first transmission, with ideas, with explanations.... But do not forget this: it is done “in dialect”, and if the dialect is missing, if at home that language of love is not spoken between the parents, then the transmission is not very easy; it cannot be done. Do not forget. Your task is to transmit the faith, but to do so with the dialect of love of your home, of your family.

They too [children] have their own “dialect”, which does us good to hear! Now they are all quiet, but suffice it that one give the tone and then the orchestra follows! The dialect of children! And Jesus advises us to be like them, to speak like them. We must not forget this language of children, who speak how they are able, but it is the language that is so pleasing to Jesus. And, in your prayers, be simple like them. Tell Jesus what comes into your heart, as they do. Today they will say it with cries, yes, as babies do. The parents’ dialect which is love for transmitting the faith, and the childrens’ dialect which must be welcomed by parents in order to grow in faith.
Now we will continue the ceremony; and if they begin to perform a concert it is because they are not comfortable, or are too hot, or do not feel at ease, or are hungry.... If they are hungry, nurse them, without worry; feed them, because this too is a language of love.

Courtesy of http://w2.vatican.va
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07/01/2018 - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Postby Alice » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:16 pm

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Re: 07/01/2018 - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Postby Alice » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:47 pm

Pope Francis in baptisms: “Feeding your babies is also language of love”

For another year, the music in the Sistine Chapel was the crying of 34 babies, 16 boys and 18 girls, who were baptized by the pope. During the ceremony, the Holy Father was very attentive to the needs of parents and children.

POPE FRANCIS
“If the children start the concert, it is because they are uncomfortable or because they are too hot or feel hungry. If they are hungry, feed them. Don’t be afraid. Go ahead and feed them. This too is the language of love.”

Pope Francis gave a brief homily, since he knew the babies were surely tired. He reminded the parents that they are the first transmitters of the faith, which they must do in the dialect of the family and language of love.

POPE FRANCIS
“Don't forget this, it's done in 'dialect.' If the 'dialect' is missing, if at home you do not speak the language of love between parents, the transmission of the faith is not so easy, it cannot be done. Do not forget. Your task is to transmit the faith but to do it with the language of the love of your home, the language of the family.”

Following, the pope baptized the children one by one. Some were calmer than others, and, although none will remember this day, they will surely never forget the date of their baptism.



With very kind permission from Rome Reports TV News Agency
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