Thursday, 12 September 2013

Series on the Sacraments Part 1 - Baptism

A few days ago, I placed a poll on the side of my blog asking what series of articles to do first. The winner was "The Sacraments," and in second was "Devotions to Our Lord," and "Marian Apparitions" coming in as a tie. Therefore I will write an article on each sacrament each Thursday for my series. I hope you will stay tuned!
The most essential sacrament of the seven is baptism. The reason for this is that without it we cannot receive any of the other sacraments, nor enter the kingdom of God. "That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit." (John 3:6) Without baptism, there is no hope to enter heaven. Without baptism, the soul is stained with original sin and cannot receive sanctifying grace. Without baptism, the soul cannot be saved.
Through Baptism, the soul is purified from original sin passed down from Adam and Eve, and is made completely pure. Once someone is baptised, he enters into the state of grace which can only be lost through mortal sin. Through his state, he can enter into eternal happiness with God forever! Why delay or reject that? Maybe we have a choice not to baptise our child, but we certainly don't have the right.
"But maybe it should be up to the person to be baptised or not... we don't want to decide for them to be Catholic." This is often heard when it comes to Baptism, and to be honest, it isn't true at all. There is just one true religion to believe, one chance to get to heaven, and one crucial moment that will determine whether that persons gets there, baptism. It isn't a choice of if he is going to be baptised and what he is going to believe. At the end of the day the choice is either heaven or hell, where do you want your child to go? It's a parent's obligation to love their children, and in loving them, wanting them to go to heaven. The only way to get them there is taking them to a priest to be baptised and starting their journey to the eternal kingdom.

Not only this, but the risks for not baptizing a baby are quite serious. A child cannot sin before the age of reason and does not deserve the punishments of hell. However, without baptism there is no grace and if the child dies goes to a place called Limbo. It is a place of natural happiness, but not supernatural happiness with God. They cannot enter heaven because they don't have that state of grace, so why take the risk of them going to that place? "Let the little children come to me!" Our Lord said this for a reason. He thinks of each of us individually, when He said this He was thinking of you and your child.

Baptism is the entrance to the narrow path of salvation! There isn't anything more beautiful than a pure soul ready to enter heaven, to see the everlastingly beautiful face of God, to be infinitely happy! Therefore treasure and appreciate this sacrament, it's one of the greatest gifts God has given us! Thank you dear Lord!