See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
175. What does it mean to be “born from above”? Does it mean we have no earthly identity after Baptism? No, but it does mean that “from the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: ‘For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.’” It means that as sons and daughters of the Church we have a new identity that does not destroy, but transcends, all of the ways in which human beings naturally construct their identities.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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