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with Advent we begin a new liturgical year. Advent means expectation, preparation, longing for the Coming of the One who brings us true fulfillment. Advent challenges us to distance ourselves from certain things, which promise us only seeming fulfillment.
In the sacrament of Baptism we received an indelible character, invisible to the eye. Christ conferred his likeness on our souls imprinting his seal on us. For this reason the disciples of Jesus were soon called Christians
"I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". When these words were pronounced at our Baptism and the baptismal water was poured over us, most of us were not yet able to think or to talk. We retain no remembrance of this wonderful gift; and yet that event was one of the most momentous in our life.