Loading
Pope Benedict: Renew your joy as a child of God
By David Kerr
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica

.- Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus address to remind Christians of the joy of being “children of God,” courtesy of baptism.

“God is the origin of the existence of every creature, and the Father in a unique way of every human being: he has a unique, personal relationship with him or her,” said the Pope from the window of his apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter’s Square Jan 8.

Earlier in the morning the Pope had baptized 16 newborn infants in the Sistine Chapel to mark the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.

Reflecting upon that event, he observed that being a child is “the fundamental condition that binds us together,” for while “not all of us are parents,” we are all children.

“Coming into the world is never a choice; we are not asked first if we want to be born,” he said.  

During life, though, we can develop an attitude toward life itself so that we “welcome it as a gift and, in a sense, ‘become’ what we already are: we become children.”

The development of this attitude marks “a maturity in our souls and our relationships with our parents, which is filled with gratitude.”

It is this attitude that makes people capable of being parents themselves “not biologically, but morally.”

In God “we are all children,” as he is “the origin of the existence of every creature,” who has a “unique, personal relationship with him or her.”

“Each of us is willed, is loved by God,” such that it is appropriate to speak of being ‘born again,” as children of God. 

This happens through faith, explained the Pope, and in our “deep and personal ‘yes’ to God as the source and foundation of our existence.”

“What is the basis of this faith in God the Father?” asked the Pope. “It is based in Jesus Christ,” he answered.

“His person and history has shown us the Father, it has made Him known to us, as far as possible, in this world.” Therefore, believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, allows us to be ‘born again.’” 

Quoting the words of St. John, the Pope said that “to all who received him, he gave the power to become children of God.” This is the “new birth,” that occurs in baptism “through the Holy Spirit and in the womb of the Church.”

The Pope urged Christians worldwide to give thanks to God for the “great mystery” of baptism which “is a source of regeneration for the Church and for the whole world.”

“God became the son of man, because man becomes a child of God,” and so Christians should rejoice for being “born of love of a father and a mother, and born again by God’s love through baptism.”

The Pope concluded his comments by commending all present to “the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ,” before leading the pilgrims in the praying of the Angelus.

Today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord concludes the Church’s Christmas season. 


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: