What is Baptism?
Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the new life of Sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of heaven. Since it is God who gives us birth in this new life, we become His children. St. Paul says: "If we are sons (of God), we are heirs also: heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ, provided, however, we suffer with Him that we many also be glorified with Him" (Rom. 8, 17).
What are the effects of the character imprinted on the soul by Baptism?
The effects of the character imprinted on the soul by Baptism are that we become members of the Church, subject to its laws, and capable of receiving other sacraments.
St. Paul says we are baptized "into Christ," that is, we become members of His Mystical Body, we are branches grafted onto the vine which is Christ. Baptism is called the "gateway of the sacraments," because unless we pass through this gateway, it is impossible to receive any of the other sacraments.
What happens to original sin at Baptism?
By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. 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.
What is one way you think you are living out the call to holiness in your daily life?
Personal reflection.. Take note below to help in your reflection.
The universal call to holiness is to follow Jesus' path, the path of love without measure, as members of the church. It asks us to contribute to the building up of the church, making the church more loving, more compassionate, and filling it with more joy and goodness.
How do the Sacraments help you to be holy?
Each of the sacraments gives a special grace, called sacramental grace, which helps one carry out the particular purpose of that sacrament. For example, the sacramental grace of Baptism helps us to live as children of God, makes it easier for us to believe in God and to act accordingly, and lessens our inclinations to evil.
What is one way in which you hope to continue to grow in holiness?