Vatican City, Jan 7, 2018 / 04:27 am
On Sunday Pope Francis spoke of the importance of remembering the day of our baptism, which he said is more than just a date on the calendar, but is the moment we receive our Christian identity and are immersed in the grace and forgiveness of God.
"The feast of the Baptism of Jesus invites every Christian to remember their own baptism," the Pope said Jan. 7, explaining that to forget one's baptism "means exposing oneself to the risk of losing the memory of what the Lord has done for us."
In the end, we consider the day "only as a fact that happened in the past," rather than recognizing as the day on which "we became new creatures and are also capable of forgiving and loving whoever offends us and does us harm."
More than just the day that "sociologically marks the parish register," the day that we were baptized is the day that "constitutes the demanding identity card of the believer," he said.