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Do You Remember When…

Most people over 60 remember quite well squinting at small screen black and white TV’s barely believing we had landed on the moon in 1969. (Color TV was just becoming affordable.)
Most people over the age of 45  remember the day the Challenger rocket explosion shocked the world in 1986.
Most people in their twenties and above remember where they were on that traumatic Thursday  9/11/2001.

These moments rank with other events etched in people’s personal lives – birthdays, graduations, weddings. births, the death of a parent, and other such events.

We know the date and so much more.

Do you remember when you were baptized?

I suspect many of us don’t remember the day that marked the direction of our lives.

Over 80 years ago I was not yet at the age when I could make a conscious choice life-changing choice. But my parents wish for me set me on a path that was just as momentous as any of the above events. I confess that never grew up with much awareness of the date. All I knew was that I was a Catholic and that my parents sacrificed to send me to Catholic schools.

Over the years we have had many opportunities to grow in our understanding of that event. Sadly, for a significant number today who have joined the ranks of the “nones”, it is a date that no longer carries any significance.

 

Pope Francis on walking on the moon and our Baptism

“May the memory of that [moon landing and] great step for humanity ignite the desire to progress together towards even greater goals: more dignity for the weak, more justice among peoples, more future for our common home.” All of these goals are rooted in our Baptism.

Pope Francis often speaks of the importance of remembering the day of our baptism. He sees it as more than just a date on the calendar. He reminds us  that it is the moment we receive our Christian identity and are immersed in the grace and forgiveness of God.

He believes 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 being recognized as the day on which “we became new creatures and are also capable of forgiving and loving whoever offends us and does us harm.”

You and your Baptism

  • Do you know the date of your Baptism?
  • Do you celebrate your Baptism?
  • How did Baptism change your life?
  • Is Baptism still changing your life?
  • What does Baptism really mean for you?

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