Praying with the Pope in October

Published on 01 Oct 2020
Baptising a baby

The Laity's Mission in the Church

We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

Pope Francis, October 2020

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Three Proposals for the Month 

1. Baptism, and the two other sacraments of initiation, Confirmation, and Eucharist, empower each of us for mission. Resolve to take a few moments of quiet meditation this month to reflect on where you see people in your parish or worshipping community, particularly women, carrying out that mission. Might it surprise you to think of what they are doing as “mission”? Then reflect on what particular mission and area of responsibility God’s inviting you, now, to discern, as a baptised member of the People of God.

2. Make a resolution to get to know those people who have recently been baptised in your parish, adults and children alike, and say a prayer for each of them, their parents, sponsors and god-parents. Send a message, or write a card or letter, to one or more of them, promising your prayers and support as they take up their Christian mission.

3. Follow Pope Francis’s suggestion about marking our own baptismal anniversary, just as we would a birthday. In 2014, at a general audience, he suggested, “Today, at home, go look, ask about the date of your Baptism and that way you can bear in mind that most beautiful day of Baptism. To know the date of our Baptism is to know a blessed day”. Why? Because “We are called to live our Baptism every day, as the current reality of our lives”.