Parents who prefer not to baptise their children in the hopes that they will “understand and ask for baptism” as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child’s life, Pope Francis said. Source: Catholic Herald.
While some believe that there is no need to “baptise a child that does not understand” the meaning of the sacrament, the Pope said doing so would deny the chance for “Christian virtues to grow within that child and blossom.”
“Always give this opportunity to all children: to have within themselves the Holy Spirit that will guide them in life. Do not forget to baptise your children,” the Pope said during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday.
Arriving in the square under cloudy skies, Pope Francis once again picked up several children who rode around in his popemobile while he circled around to greet thousands of pilgrims.
After dropping them off, the Pope made his way toward the stage when he was greeted by some unlikely guests at the audience: three llamas.
According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the three llamas along with their owner and his two travelling companions, began their pilgrimage to Rome in February. The pilgrims travelled over 1000 kilometres on foot from the northern Italian province of Bolzano to meet the Pope.
The Pope greeted the pilgrims and smiled as he saw the llamas, which are indigenous to South America.
In his main talk, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of baptism as “the foundation of Christian life.”
As the first of seven sacraments, he said, baptism “is the door that permits Christ the Lord to make his dwelling in us and allows us to immerse ourselves in his mystery.”
The Pope, who often tells people to look up the date of their baptism, called on those who don’t remember the date to ask their family and to celebrate it like a birthday and “give thanks to the Lord because it was on that day when Jesus entered” in their lives.
“We should all know the date of our baptism. It is another birthday, it is the day of our rebirth,” he said.
Don’t delay in having your child baptised, Pope Francis says (Catholic Herald)
Llamas and their owners meet Pope Francis at the Vatican (Rome Reports)