Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 200 - Part I.

YOUCAT Question n. 200 - Part I. What happens in Baptism?

(Youcat answer) In Baptism we become members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers of our Redeemer, and children of God. We are freed from sin, snatched from death, and destined from then on for a life in the joy of the redeemed.

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 1262) The different effects of Baptism are signified by the perceptible elements of the sacramental rite. Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purification, but also regeneration and renewal. Thus the two principal effects are purification from sins and new birth in the Holy Spirit (Cf. Acts 2:38; Jn 3:5).

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) Being baptized means that my personal life story is submerged in the stream of God’s love. “Our life”, says Pope Benedict XVI, “now belongs to Christ, and no longer to ourselves. At his side and, indeed, drawn up in his love, we are freed from fear. He enfolds us and carries us wherever we may go—he who is Life itself” (April 7, 2007).

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 1263) By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin (Cf. Council of Florence (1439): DS 1316). In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam's sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God.

(This question: What happens in Baptism? is continued)

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