The Spiritual Family The Work
"Christian, know your dignity!"
Many baptized are troubled in their relationship to the Church. There is dissatisfaction, ignorance, inner resistance and misconception about the Church. The Church needs members who understand and love her, who are convinced of her spiritual greatness and glory and who, by their bearing and lifestyle restore trust in her. Her strength lies not, initially, in the number of baptized, but in the holiness of her members, the strength of their witness and the maturity of their consciences. If all of us - bishops, priests and deacons, Religious, lay men and women, as young people and children, families and single people - abstain from moaning and complaining, which hinder constructive growth, and instead radiate the joy and peace of redeemed people, we will have appeal and attract those around us. In this way we will bear witness to that wonderful creation of God which we call the Church:
"The Church is life and splendour from our heavenly Father. How much we have to love her, to proclaim her and to radiate her in our lives."
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains a passage on Baptism, which we could read and discuss (CCC 1213-1284).
- When visiting a church, or entering or leaving our home, we consciously cross ourselves using holy water. Parents are invited to bless their children frequently, giving a parental blessing by making the sign of the cross on their forehead (for example, at night before bed-time, before important steps in their lives such as tests, examinations, special tasks, before a journey, etc.). A holy water font might be mounted in the home if one does not exist.
- It is good to remember one's baptismal anniversary as a day of thanksgiving; make a celebration of the children’s anniversary.
- In the manifold situations of life, in times of temptation and testing, in joy and sadness we are called to renew our baptismal vows and consciously to affirm: "I renounce Satan" and "I believe in God".
- Priests might include references to this sacrament in sermons or might occasionally use the baptismal commemoration during the Sunday liturgy. Catechesis offers many possibilities for increasing awareness of the meaning of Baptism. Godparents should faithfully fulfil their responsibilities to their godchildren.
- Religious are invited to be mindful that the three evangelical counsels are rooted in baptismal grace and are meant to develop the fulness of this sacrament.
Our Lord called us to eternal life. As a consequence of our Baptism, we already participate in a hidden way in this eternal life. Let us pray to Mary, the Mother of the Church, that we may be given grace to remain faithful to our baptismal covenant, to live out our faith in daily life and thus to arrive at life's ultimate destination: the joy of heavenly glory.