2 Pompa Diaboli (Ch. 3-1) In Baptism a series of six questions are asked Either to the Godparents of the infant or the catechumen themselves.The term “Pompa Diaboli” refers to the promise of what appears to be life in abundance in the secular world.Also termed “anti-culture”Manifested in permissiveness, corruption of joy, love of deceit and fraud, and perversion of the true meaning of life.
3 Celebrant: Do you reject Satan? Response: I do.Celebrant: And all his works?Celebrant: And all his empty promises?Celebrant: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?Celebrant: 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?Celebrant: 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?
4 Pompa DiaboliThree of the six questions in Baptism require the response of “no”, witnessed by our actions, in rejecting Satan and the anti-culture prevalent in the world.Asks to reject and condemn the popular mainstream culture we live in today.Witnessed in sexual promiscuity, cruelty, violence, drug abuse, and atheism.All things that seem to give us a promise of apparent happiness but in fact leave us deflated and put a divide between us and Christ.
5 Pompa DiaboliWhat can we expect to receive through the Sacrament of Baptism?Pope Benedict XVI says, “The hope for a good life, the true life…”The life God intended for us to liveThink back to “Made for More”.What were we made for?Happiness.Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and are sharers in her mission.” (CCC, 1213)
6 DiscussionWhat are some sinful elements of popular culture that you have rejected?By word or action, how do you affirm you baptismal promise of belief in God?
7 Understanding the Sacrament of Baptism (Ch. 3-2) “To baptize” comes from the Greek word baptizein, which means “to plunge” or “immerse”The act of being plunged under water represents our death to a life of sin and just as Jesus died and was raised by the Father we also “rise up” as a new creature when we emerge from the waters of baptism.“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Rom 6:3-4)
8 Understanding the Sacrament of Baptism Economy of SalvationDefinition?God’s revelation and communication with man throughout history for the sake of our salvation.Not always through words but also through signs, symbols and prefigured events.Baptisms place within the history of salvation is remembered in the liturgy of the Easter Vigil, in which several events of the Old Testament prefigure Baptism.
9 Understanding the Sacrament of Baptism Baptism Pre-figured in the OTWater is a symbol of lifeWater springs forth from the rock (Ex 17:5-7)Water is a symbol of deathJonah and the Whale (Jonah 1 & 2)Water witnessed throughout God’s plan of salvationNoah and the ArkMoses parting the Red SeaJust as Noah and Moses entered into new covenants with God through the effect of water, so do we in the Sacrament of Baptism.
10 Water as a symbol of life And the Lord said to Moses: Go before the people, and take with you of the ancients of Israel: and take in your hand the rod wherewith you struck the river, and go. 6 Behold I will stand there before you, upon the rock Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it that the people may drink.
11 Water as a symbol of Death Now the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonas: and Jonas was in the belly of a fish for three days and three nights. 2 And Jonas prayed to the Lord, his God, out of the belly of the fish. 3 And he said: I cried out of my affliction to the Lord, and he heard me: I cried out of the belly of hell, and you have heard my voice. 4 And you have cast me forth into the deep, in the heart of the sea, and a flood have compassed me: all your billows, and your waves have passed over me. 5 And I said: I am cast away out of the sight of your eyes: but yet I shall see your holy temple again. 6 The waters compassed me about even to the soul: the deep has closed me round about, the sea has covered my head. 7 I went down to the lowest parts of the mountains: the bars of the earth have shut me up for ever: and you will bring up my life from corruption, O Lord, my God. 8 When my soul was in distress within me, I remembered the Lord: that my prayer may come to you, unto your holy temple. 9 They that in vain observe vanities, forsake their own mercy. 10 But I with the voice of praise will sacrifice to you: I will pay whatsoever I have vowed for my salvation to the Lord. And the Lord spoke to the fish: and it vomited out Jonas upon the dry land.
12 Understanding the Sacrament of Baptism Christ’s BaptismDone by St. John the BaptistHe preached repentance of sin.Baptized people as a sign of their repentance before Christ marked it as necessary for salvation.
13 Christ’s BaptismChrist was baptized by St. John even though he was without sin.This was because Christ would later commission the Apostles to evangelize to other nations and baptize them in his name.Christ was also setting an example of the importance of Baptism.Even though he did not need the effects of Baptism, he was baptized in order to express the value of submitting to God and letting go of all that we try to control and rather let God work in our lives.
14 Christian Initiation in the Church CatechumenateA preparation process for Baptism and the other Sacraments of Christian initiation.Catholic InquiryPeriod of Catechumen
15 Initiation for Baptism and Other Sacraments of Initiation (Early Church) PrecatechumenateThe initial conversion.This person has heard the Gospel and wants to learn more about the Christian faith.It was a period of Inquiry.Had sponsors that knew them well and that took time to guide them through their Gospel instruction as well as evaluated their intention to become Catholic.The Church celebrated a rite that admitted them into the Order of Catechumens.
16 Initiation for Baptism and Other Sacraments of Initiation (Early Church) 2) CatechumenateA period of study for 2-3 years.During this time they received instruction on the Gospel from Catechists (teachers of the faith).Celebrated Mass. However, did not receive the Eucharist.
17 Initiation for Baptism and Other Sacraments of Initiation (Early Church) Purification, Enlightenment, or IlluminationCoincided with Lent.Candidates took part in Rite of Enrollment.They recorded their names in the Book of Elect, further stating their intention of receiving Christ.Attended prayer services and scrutinies that ask God to help them examine their lives for sin. Prepare for Easter.Celebrated Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at Easter Vigil Mass and become full members of the Church.
18 Initiation for Baptism and Other Sacraments of Initiation (Early Church) Mystagogia (Mysteries)Continued through the entire Easter season.The new members immersed themselves in the Sacraments.
19 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) A practice restored by Vatican II.Difference between Eastern and Western Rites.Eastern confers all three rites at infancy.Infants receive Eucharist through species of consecrated wine.Infants become full members of the Church at this time.Western baptizes infants but they do not become full members until they have undergone years of preparation to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
21 Quick ReviewBaptism takes it’s name from a Greek word which means to plungeThe OT prefigures BaptismThe establishment of a covenantal relationshipJesus was baptized as a way to teach the importance of receiving baptismOur own baptism is connected with the Paschal MysteryDeath & ResurrectionBaptism always has and is the way to membership in the ChurchThe catechumenate is the period of study which is comprised of several stages
22 Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism (Ch. 3-3) In the 4th and 5th centuries knowledge of Original Sin increased.Original Sin refers to the nature of sin that all humans have inherited through birth from the first sin of Adam.Born with a tendency to sin and reject God’s will for our own.It is why we aren’t born with all the answers to our faith and understanding of God.Baptism removes the stain of Original SinThis pushed many parents to have their children baptized since many did not make it to adulthood because of disease and sickness.
23 The Rite of Baptism of Children (RBC) The rite in which most Catholics are initiated into the Church.Is a perfect example of how the salvation received from Baptism is a pure gift of Christ’s grace because nothing is required to receive it.Some Protestant sects of Christianity believe that children should only be baptized once they reach the age of reason because they are unable as to make commitments as children
24 The Necessity of Baptism Because Jesus said so.“Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5).“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)CCC 1257The 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.
25 Salvation Without Water? Three traditional examples of how God is not bound by the Sacrament.1) Baptism of BloodThose martyred for Christ’s sake before they were able to be baptized.2) Baptism of DesireThose who have received the Gospel and desired to be baptized but died before they were.Those who never received news of the Gospel but lived a life according to God’s will as best they knew how.3) Infant death prior to BaptismThe Church entrusts them to God’s mercy.God desires that all people be saved.
26 Baptism of DesireThe Church teaches that Baptism is necessary for salvation.So…What would the Church tell grieving parents of a stillborn child or a child who was miscarried since these children have never received baptism?The Church emphasizes God’s great mercy in these tragic situationsGod cherishes the dignity of every human conceivedOur responsibility as Catholics to protect the lives of the unbornAlso, the desire of the parents for their child to be baptized is a type of “Baptism of desire”
27 Rites and Symbols of Baptsim The meaning and the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism are revealed in the essential rite, actions, and symbols of the sacramentEssential Rite of Baptism:Immersion or pouring of water 3 times“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the H.SCommunal celebration (Easter Vigil/Sunday Mass)“Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe.” (CCC 1253)
28 Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8:27-38Phillip was an ApostlePreached to Gentiles in Samaria and AfricaCame across Eunuch reading book of IsaiahEunuch asked to be baptizedIn Egypt, it was the practice of the Pharaohs to have large harems of womenThese women were protected by eunuchsMale officials (slaves) who were castrated so that they would not have sex with Pharaoh’s women.
29 Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Eunuch’s were considered outcast’s by Jewish culture because of their physical condition.They could not be circumcised and could not be admitted to JudaismPhillip’s conversion of the Eunuch shows that God invites all people into His ChurchThe Eunuch did not have to become a Jew to become a ChristianAn example of “Baptism of desire”Was reading scripture and attempting to understand who the Messiah was.
30 BTWEither bishops, priests, or deacons are the ordinary ministers for the Sacrament of BaptismHowever…In emergency situations anyone, Catholic or non-Christian, can baptize another so long as the Trinitarian formula and immersion or pouring of water is usedJust as the Church doesSacrament is still efficacious
31 Quick Review Anyone not baptized is eligible for Baptism Baptism is necessary for salvationGod is not bound by this sacramentBaptism of Blood, Desire, infant deathBaptism is properly celebrated communallyThe essential rite:Immersion or pouring of water 3 times“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the H.S.Today’s catechumenate:Rite of AcceptanceRite of Election
33 The Grace of Baptism (Ch. 3-4) Two primary graces or effects of the Sacrament are indicated by the immersion in water.1) Death to sin.2) New birth in the Holy Spirit.Overcome Original Sin and become receptive to the teachings of the Church.
34 The Forgiveness of Sins (Death to Sin) Both Original Sin and personal sins are forgiven.Sin is understood as the “abuse of the freedom that God gives” us. (CCC, 387)Adam received original holiness and justice for him and for all human nature.
35 Original Holiness and Justice The state of man and woman before sin.Essentially, harmony with God and creation.Total spiritual control, no suffering or grief.By the sin of Adam, all men were affected and took on a fallen state or rather, received a wounded human nature.This wounded nature causes us to choose our own will over God’s will and gives us the false sense that we know what is best for us despite our constant return to sin.Protoevangelium “First Gospel” (Gen 3:15)Gospel = Good News
36 Protoevangelium Genesis 3:15 God said to the serpent:“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”How can this one line from Scripture be called a “Gospel”, or rather a story of Good News?It is an announcement of the “New Adam” who will make amends for the sin of Adam through obedience to God… even up to Death on a cross.God, immediately after banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, makes a promise that He will not abandon us.
37 Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross is the Source of Our Salvation Through Baptism we die with Christ and are resurrected.Original as well as personal sins are absolved.
38 Becoming a “New Creature” Baptism changes our identityWe become members of Christ.We can now share in a divine life (relationship)Through Baptism we receive the grace of justificationMore than just the forgiveness of sin; being transformed in a way that is more Christ-like.1) Enables us to believe in God2) Opens our hearts to live and act under the Holy Spirit3) Allows us to love what is good and to act in a way that promotes goodness.
39 Incorporated Into the Church Baptism makes us members of the Church.We no longer belong to ourselves but to Christ.The rights we receive as members of the Catholic Church1) The right to receive the other SacramentsCatholics must be baptized before receiving any other sacraments.2) The right to be nourished with the Word of God.To hear it and have it taught to us according to the Church’s teaching.3) The right to take part in and be sustained by additional spiritual helps of the Church.This includes parish activities, religious education, retreats, etc. (To be spiritually sustained by the Church)
40 Rights and Responsibilities Through Baptism we are given rightsAdditionally, we take on responsibilitiesWhat are rights that we have as American citizens?As a result of these rights what duties do we have?
41 Incorporated Into the Church Our duties as members of the Church1) Obey and submit to Church leaders regarding faith and morals.The H.S. guides the Pope and his bishopsThis ensures adherence to the original teaching of the Apostles
42 2) Give Witness by Living in Holiness and Practicing Charity How do we do such things…What does HOLINESS mean?Sanctification, God calls us to be His own. We respond by keeping His commandmentsCloseness to God, varying degreesWhat does CHARITY mean?First love of God, secondly love of man because of God’s love for men (Dignity)
43 3) Participate in missionary activity of the Church Serving the poor
44 4) Obey the Precepts of the Church 1) Keep Sunday Holy by participating in Mass and refraining from servile work2) Go to confession at least once per year (remove personal sins that occur after baptism)3) Receive Communion at least once a year at Easter4) Keep days of obligation holy by celebrating Mass and refraining by servile workChristmas, Mary, Mother of God (Jan. 1), Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15), All Saints (Nov. 1), Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8)Keep days of fast and abstinenceContribute to the support of one’s local ChurchIf not monetarily, through prayers
45 Unity With Other Christians Baptism strengthens the opportunity for unity among all ChristiansIncludes those baptized outside of the ChurchHave acquired an imperfect form of communionThe Catholic Church recognizes most Christian Baptisms as valid.Must be done in the name of the Father, and of …No need to be re-baptized; it is a one-time sacrament“We believe in the one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.”
46 The Seal of Eternal Life Baptism seals Christians with an indelible markNot even sin can erase this mark.However, sin can still prevent a baptized person from gaining the rewards of Salvation.Venial sin: stumbling block on our path to achieving spiritual perfectionMortal sin: aversion from this path; violate natural lawThe mark of Baptism readies Christians for religious worship.Baptism is a spiritual primer.We have been prepared by it, now we must live it in a holy life committed to service of others and faith in God.
47 The Reality of Our Salvation and Baptism Baptism is necessary for salvationHOWEVER…Baptism by itself will not save a Christian who thinks that they do not need to do anything anymore.This would be like an athlete, band member, or student showing up for the first practice or day of classes and believing that they have everything under controlThink of Baptism as the necessary first step
48 Quick ReviewThe effects of Baptism are indicated by our immersion in waterDeath to sin, new lifeOther effects include:Incorporation into the ChurchUnity with other ChristiansThe seal of eternal life
49 ObjectivesTo study the three theological virtues that help us to live out our baptisms.Remember that we have agreed to certain duties.Many people today, especially young people, unfortunately live without hope.Understand the four cardinal virtues and how other virtues are drawn from them.Become familiar with sacramentals and how they relate to Baptism
50 Loving God More Deeply (Ch. 3-5) As mentioned earlier, an effect of Baptism we receive is the sanctifying grace of justification.This grace allows us to more deeply believe in God, hold hope in Him, and most importantly love Him.HOW DO WE EXPRESS OUR LOVE AND GRATITUDE FOR HIM?Through the Theological VirtuesUnderstanding these virtues are helpful in living a Christian life.St. Gregory of Nyssa, “The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”Allows us to avoid making poor choices.
51 Loving God More Deeply Theological Virtues Are not earned or achieved by anything that we do.God infuses them into our souls to make us capable of choosing goodness over sin.Serve as the foundation of Moral or Human Virtues, which are acquired through our education and deliberate acts.
53 FAITHThe Theological virtue by which we believe in God and all that the Church teaches.Builds our personal relationship with Christ and helps us to recognize him as the source of our salvation.
54 FAITH Professing one’s faith is not enough. “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)Living out the faith we profess often becomes difficult, especially during our young-adult years.Participating in weekly MassExposure to as well as curiosity in immoral behaviorStealing, cheating, lying, promiscuity, drugs, etc.Recognize your mission through deliberate prayer and actionWe all have the capacity to be faithful and to love God and all that is good.Reflect the love of God in yourself; be a great witness.Can do so just by the way you conduct yourself and interact with others. Look at the lives of the saints.
55 HOPEThe Theological Virtue by which we desire happiness and the Kingdom of God.In “Made for More”, the author spoke of happiness and that our behavior is directed by our desire to attain it.Whatever we deem as the source of our happiness we will hope in e.g. sports, relationships, success, etc.All of these will not measure up to the eternal happiness we will receive when we enter heaven.Let your hope lie in your salvation.
56 Hope Founded in the Paschal Mystery The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.Unfortunately, many people today, including young adults, live without hope.We must find hope in, as well as lead those without hope to Christ.The salvation that Christ has earned for us should give us hope for the experience of eternal happiness that we will one day encounter.“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)
57 YokeA yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs; some yokes are fitted to individual animals.Christ asks us to try on his yoke“Burden”This first requires us to remove our own yoke so that we may be free to take on Christ’s (abandon our will for God’s)Natural for us to hold on to our own yoke in fear that another’s yoke may be more burdensomeHowever, Christ assures us that the load of his yoke is light.
58 What do you find most difficult about “living the faith”? Or rather what is challenging about “living out your Baptismal promises”?Do these challenges cause you to feel hopeless?Are there other difficulties that cause you to lose hope?
59 CHARITY The New Commandment “Love on another as I love you.” (John 15: 12)Our expression of love for Christ manifested in our service to others because we recognize that they are just as special to Christ as we are and that Christ is present in them just as he is in us.
60 SacramentalsThe Church offers several reminders of our Baptism both in its liturgies and in its practicesA sacred sign (objects, places, and actions) that resemble the sacramentsMan-made not Christ-madeHoly water, sign of the crossName others…
61 Quick ReviewThe gift of the sanctifying grace of justification infuses the baptized with the theological virtues.In the liturgy and through prayerful reflection, we are reminded of the graces of the Sacrament of Baptism.Forgiveness of sinAbility to follow and imitate Jesus
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