Why Do We Need to be Baptized?

baptism_dove3Baptism is simply the greatest gift from God that we will ever receive in our entire lives.  Without Baptism, none of the other Sacraments are available to us.  Baptism does the following:

1) Removes Sin and Punishment.  At Baptism, all sins including Original sin are forgiven and all punishment due to sin is erased.  The soul is essentially washed clean.

2) Confers Membership in the Church.  The purified soul is infused with the Holy Spirit and joyfully received into the Body of Christ, the Church.

3) Restores Supernatural Life.  In Baptism, we become the adopted Children of God and heirs to the supernatural life lost by Adam and Eve in the Garden.

baptism john 354) Instills the Virtues, Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit.  Sanctifying grace is poured out on the baptized to help him in his Christian life.  The baptized person becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit who will prompt the individual to grow in goodness through the moral virtues (Temperance, Fortitude, Justice, and Prudence), the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit. The extraordinary grace of Baptism allows the newly adopted children of God to now place their hopes in God and to love him through the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity.

5) Imprints an Indelible Mark on our Soul.  Baptism places a permanent, indelible mark on the soul that is the seal of the Holy Spirit. This seal can never be erased –even in sin and even if the person leaves the church.  This marks a person for eternal life and signifies a permanent relationship with Jesus Christ.





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