My Thoughts on 13/11/2020

I would like to thank everyone who sent kind messages on the occasion of my significant birthday (70!!) yesterday. I felt humbled and very much loved. Thank you.

Yet 14th November 1950 is the greatest day of my life because this was date on which I was baptised. On that day I received the gift of eternal life. In some parts of the world people make more of this day rather than their birthday. This was the day on which I was born again.

In the Catechism we read, “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:”

A dear priest friend of mine on his memorial card were not only his date of birth and date of death but also the date of his baptism and the date of his ordination. It read, Born, Baptised, Priest and Eternal Life. Many families seem to put off baptising their children for social reasons. Is this an indication that their don’t realise how important baptism is and what a gift they are giving their child?

Canon Father Anthony Charlton
Canon Father Anthony CharltonParish Priest