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The Fountain of Life
Transcript of The Fountain of Life
What are they?
The Fountain of Life
What is Baptism?
First Sacrament of Initiation by which we are made into "new creatures."
Tertullian - On Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism
Basis of the whole Christian life
Gateway to life in the Spirit
Door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are...
Freed from sin
Reborn as sons of God
Made members of Christ and the Church
Romans 6:3-4 - "Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."
Colossians 2:12-15 - "When you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God[e] made you[f] alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed[g] the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it."
Sacraments have 4 aspects...
God's activity in the world & his preparation of the world for Christ and his Church
"Christ never operates without the water! He himself is immersed in water; invited to the wedding, he begin with water the first signs of his power; when he speaks, he offers to those who are thirsty his loving water which springs up to eternal life; when he speaks of love, he indicates among the proofs of love the gift of a glass of water to one's brother; he rests near a well; he walks on water and often wades through the waters; he quenches with water the thirst of his disciples. And the sign of baptism follows him right to his passion; condemned to death on the Cross, again there is water, as Pilate's hands know; pierced by the lance, water flows from his side."
In pod groups try and come up with as many "water stories" as you can from the Old Testament. Make sure to give a brief explanation of the significance of water in that particular story.
Old Testament pre-figurations...
- Primordial waters over which the Spirit of God hovered
- Noah and the waters of the Flood (1 Pt 3:0-21; 1 Col 10:2)
- Israelites pass through the Red Sea
- Moses striking the rock in the desert
- Israelites pass through the Jordan River as the Ark of the Covenant stopped the waters
Second Kings 5
- Naamon was healed of leprosy by a sevenfold ritual bathing in the river Jordan
Old Testament prophecies...
- "I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you."
- The washing away of "the filth of the daughter of Zion."
- "When that day comes, a fountain will be opened for the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem, for sin and impurity."
Colossians 2:12-15 - "When you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
For homework, find out when and where you were baptized. Also, does your baptismal day fall on a Saint's feast day?
1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are "reborn of water and the Spirit." God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.
1258 The Church has always held the firm conviction that those who suffer death for the sake of the faith without having received Baptism are baptized by their death for and with Christ. This Baptism of blood, like the desire for Baptism, brings about the fruits of Baptism without being a sacrament.
1259 For catechumens who die before their Baptism, their explicit desire to receive it, together with repentance for their sins, and charity, assures them the salvation that they were not able to receive through the sacrament.
1260 "Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery." Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity.
1261 As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them," allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church's call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism.
The Necessity of Baptism
Matter and Form?
N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...
1. Sign of the Cross
2. Proclamation of the Word of God
3. Exorcisms - Triple renunciation and affirmation
V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth?
R. I do.
V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.
4. Baptismal Waters - Epiclesis
5. Baptismal Rite - Triple immersion/pouring of water
6. Sacred Chrism - Anointing with sacred oil to represent the gift of the Spirit
It's All About Jesus...
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
When we are baptized, we are baptized into whom?
Harmony with God...
Matthew 3 - "And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved,[d] with whom I am well pleased.”"
Harmony with woman...
- "Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
- A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” ... “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Harmony within himself...
- Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’”
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,’
‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Harmony with creation...
- A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
- Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
Indelible Spiritual Mark
Configured unto Christ
"Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life." The faithful Christian who has "kept the seal" until the end, remaining faithful to the demands of his Baptism, will be able to depart this life "marked with the sign of faith," with his baptismal faith, in expectation of the blessed vision of God - the consummation of faith - and in the hope of resurrection.
St. Thomas Aquinas
"To love is to will the good of the other"
"Grace perfects nature"
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
I was baptized...
...I am baptized.
What is our identity?
Daughter of God
Universal Call to Holiness
What do you do?
If the danger passes, then confer with a priest just to make sure everything was done appropriately in case it needs to be done properly.
Anyone can baptize anyone so long as the matter and form are correct and the baptizer intends to do what the Church does and the to-be-baptized wants to be baptized.