Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

St. Pius X | News
7 Nov 2014

Today we celebrate the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. Every bishop has a cathedral, and the Pope’s cathedral is the Basilica of St. John Lateran, not the Basilica of St. Peter.   Hence it bears the title the mother of all the churches in the city and in the world – and their head.  Today’s readings warn us that as baptized Christians, we are the temples of God where the Spirit of God, the real source of all spiritual blessings, dwells and that we should not desecrate  the temple of God by sin.  We have to keep our parish Church holy and fully dedicated to Divine worship and keep our hearts, as temples of the Holy Spirit, cleansed, just, holy and pure.  We need to make Jesus the foundation stone and cornerstone of our lives because, if we do, there is a life-giving river flowing from him that will fill us with his grace.  Each and every human being needs to be respected and recognized as one of God’s own children.  If anything could sum up the major thrust of Pope Francis’ pontificate it is his absolute and resolute insistence on the sacred value of each unique human person.  Christian worship affirms that.  At the same time it affirms that we all have value and worth because we belong, we belong to Jesus Christ in His Communion of Saints.  We belong because we are members of His very own family.  Today we are remembering where and how Christianity first began and to celebrate and pray for the unity of the Church in today’s world.