” “An invitation to Christian parents "to follow the example of simplicity, patience and harmony of the Family of Nazareth". It was made yesterday morning by Benedict XVI, during Mass, on the occasion of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, during which he baptised 13 children from different countries. "Every child that is born – said the Pope – brings to us God’s smile and invites us to acknowledge that life is His gift, a gift to be accepted with love and to be always carefully treasured, at all times". Every child that is born, warned the Holy Father, God entrusts it to its parents. Hence the importance of the married family, "the cradle of life and love". Speaking to the parents of the christened children and with them to all the families, Benedict XVI went on: "Do not forget it is your testimony and your example that will mostly affect the human and spiritual development of your children. Even if engrossed in your often frenzied daily activities, do not forget to engage in prayer personally and as a family, since prayer is the secret to Christian perseverance". In addition, he went on, "the more we live in communion with Jesus in the reality of our Baptism, the more heaven will open above us". So Baptism "means being adopted into God’s family". (to be continued)” “

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