The Beginning – Baptism

The Beginning – Baptism

 

In thinking about the journey that we take in life and in the Church, I was thinking about how the Sacraments are indeed a journey.

Baptism is the beginning of that journey.

Regardless of the age when you are baptized,

It is through this sacrament that you are born into a new life in Christ.

Baptism is the beginning of a Christian’s life. It is at this point that we all begin.

As stated in the Catechism:

The fruits of this sacrament are:

  • The remission of original sin and all personal sins.
  • Birth into the new life by which we become an adoptive child of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • Incorporation into the Church, the body of Christ, and participation in the priesthood of Christ.
  • The imprinting, on the soul, of an indelible spiritual sign, the “character”, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship (Because of this “character”, Baptism cannot be repeated).

So if you haven’t realized from the above – there is a lot to Baptism

and this is why it should NOT be taken lightly.

Most people think that if sacraments are so serious then, why do Catholics baptize babies?

Well it is so serious that a baby who has a reasonable chance of being brought up in (first and foremost) a Christian and Catholic Faith should be baptized.

We will see the link in some sacraments.

One of the sacraments that links clearly the reasoning behind infant baptism, are the promises that a couple makes when entering into the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Just recently I was in the middle of a discussion as to why some parents are “denied” baptism of their children.

As we will learn during this time all the sacraments are to be taken very seriously.

One does not enter into a sacrament lightly.

Some parents however don’t understand the full meaning of Baptism,

or the full meaning of their marriage.

They quite honestly mistake it for something else – an event where “good luck” is bestowed on the child by the water pouring over their head and then you give the child a name.

That is NOT Baptism.

Parents who have no intention of bringing their children up in the Church or even as a Christian should ask themselves why are they seeking baptism for their children.

There have been parents who do not even believe in God, do not attend any church and have no intentions of bringing their children up in the Church

and yet seek to baptize their child.

In Baptism the parent takes on a certain responsibility of ensuring that the child not only begins their Christian journey but that they also continue onwards through all the other sacraments.

Baptism is that time when the Church opens its arms and welcomes a new Child of God into the Church, to begin a journey with Christ.

Through Baptism you are awakened to the graces God has for you and His Church.

 

 

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About Hilary De Freitas

Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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