On Sunday, Jan. 12, feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, Father Joseph Illo, gave an 8-minute sermon at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea on the importance of baptism.

He urged parishioners to find their original baptismal certificate, frame it, and keep it nearby.

The following is a 15-second excerpt from that homily.

“….We all come into this world homeless, and that is why we must baptize our babies as quickly as possible after they’re born. Pope Benedict, little Joseph Ratzinger, was baptized the same day he was born….”