Tomorrow will be one year since I prayed at this Baptismal Font.
It is a very significant place. Located on the corner of the Pope’s Cathedral, San Giovanni in Fonte is the oldest baptistery in all Christianity. Built by Constantine in 315 AD, it served for the earliest baptisms we can recall in the history of the faith.
In another baptistry, thousands of miles from this ancient place in Roma, there is another marble baptismal font. Still used to this day to bless ourselves as we enter through the side doors of its busy worship space in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
On June 16, 1984, my parents, accompanied with Godparents, brought me to this very font to be baptized into Christ Jesus and to be claimed for Christ for all eternity. Monsignor McKenna was the priest who baptized me. Next to birthdays, this is the next best thing to celebrate, the day we became children of God.
1 Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.”
An abundance of graces are poured out during this Year of Faith. Visit the place where you were baptized to renew your faith in Christ!