Sunday, November 20, 2016

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

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

(Youcat answer - repeated) 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 1270) "Reborn as sons of God, [the baptized] must profess before men the faith they have received from God through the Church" and participate in the apostolic and missionary activity of the People of God (LG 11; 17; AG 7; 23).          

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 1271) Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church: "For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, [they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church" (UR 3). "Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn" (UR 22 § 2).        

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

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