The structure of Baptism demonstrates the critical importance of cooperation between Church and family in passing on the faith. Parents are called, as Saint Augustine once said, not only to bring children into the world but also to bring them to God, so that through Baptism they can be reborn as children of God and receive the gift of faith. Thus, along with life, children are given a fundamental orientation and assured of a good future; this orientation will be further strengthened in the Sacrament of Confirmation with the seal of the Holy Spirit.
The Eucharist is an act of remembrance, a making present of the mystery in which the past, as an event of death and resurrection, demonstrates its ability to open up a future, to foreshadow ultimate fulfillment. In the Eucharist we learn to see the heights and depths of reality. The bread and wine [become] the Body and Blood of Christ, who becomes present in his passover to the Father. This movement draws us, body and soul, into the movement of all creation toward its fulfillment in God.
Excerpted from On Faith by Pope Francis.
Books by Pope Francis
In On Faith, Pope Francis draws on stories from the Old and New Testaments and examples from his own life to show that faith, like hope, is rooted in love.
Sobre la fe
En Sobre la fe, el Papa Francisco toma ejemplos del Antiguo y Nuevo Testamento y de su propia vida para mostrarnos que la fe, al igual que la esperanza, está enraizada en el amor.
Sharing the Wisdom of Time
A collection of personal stories in which grandparents and elders from around the world share from their “reservoirs of wisdom” to inspire and guide.
Pope Francis has a simple, life-changing message: God’s love can grace us with a lasting and sustaining hope, no matter how dark or confusing our situation.
Sobre la esperanza
El Papa Francisco ofrece un mensaje simple y transformador: el amor de Dios nos ofrece la gracia de una esperanza duradera y sustentadora, sin importar lo oscuro o confuso de nuestra situación.
Embracing the Way of Jesus
Reflections from Pope Francis on Living Our Faith
Reflections from Pope Francis on what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus today, and how that identity should guide our every thought and action.
Dear Pope Francis
The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World
Small children have BIG questions. In Dear Pope Francis, Pope Francis answers 30 questions from children around the world. Also available in Spanish!
Querido Papa Francisco
El Papa responde a las cartas de niños de todo el mundo
Los niños pequeños tienen GRANDES preguntas. En Querido Papa Francisco, el Papa Francisco responde directamente a las preguntas de niños de todo el mundo.
The Church of Mercy
In The Church of Mercy, readers get a first-hand look at Pope Francis’s vision of the good news of Christian hope and mercy.
El Papa Francisco dice...
Con palabras llenas de inspiración y preciosas ilustraciones, El Papa Francisco dice… muestra a los niños la forma de vivir como cristianos y les hace saber que Dios los ama.
Pope Francis Says...
With inspiring words and vibrant illustrations, Pope Francis Says… shows children how to live as Christians and know they are loved by God.
Walking with Jesus
A Way Forward for the Church
In this major new book, Pope Francis presents the heart of his approach to living as a Christian: following in the steps of Jesus.