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General Audience: Pope: Baptism, So We Can Live Fully New Life of Grace

‘We begin a journey of growth in faith and in Church’s sacramental life’

Here is the Vatican-provided English-language summary of the Pope’s address at the General Audience this morning:

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Speaker: Dear brothers and sisters: In our catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism, we have seen that it is the door by which we enter, through faith, into the mystery of Christ’s passover from death to life. Guided by the light of God’s word, and accompanied by the prayers of the saints in heaven and our brothers and sisters here on earth, we begin a journey of growth in faith and in Church’s sacramental life. The Christian life remains a constant struggle, with the help of God’s grace, to renounce sin and to grow in union with the Lord. As a sign of the strength needed for this spiritual struggle, those to be baptized are first anointed with the oil of catechumens. This anointing, and the prayers of exorcism that accompany the rite, invoke the gift of the Holy Spirit, who defends us from the snares of the devil and strengthens us to persevere in our freedom as God’s adopted sons and daughters in Christ. Just as ancient athletes anointed themselves with oil to prepare for their contests, so we are prepared to live fully the new life of grace, trusting in the Lord’s triumph over
sin and death, sustained by the prayers of the whole Church, and awaiting the fulfilment of our hope in heaven.

Speaker: I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from England, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father. May the Lord bless you all!

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