Inviting Protestant in-laws to a Catholic (infant) Baptism?

Q: Inviting Protestant in-laws to a Catholic (infant) Baptism?

I am having my baby baptized, but all of my in-laws are hardcore Baptists/Evangelists. Should I even invite people who aren’t Catholic, or will they be respectful about it? Anyone had a similar experience?

They are always bagging on me for being Catholic, giving me names of “different” churches that we can attend. I have a feeling that they will roll their eyes through the whole ceremony and glare at me for not doing things the Baptist way.

A: You definitely should invite them … because it would be an insult not to.

Your non-Catholic relatives probably don’t believe in original sin. They don’t believe in the primacy of grace, and they don’t believe in the necessity of sacraments for the purpose of infusing grace into the soul.

Surprisingly … Baptists don’t believe in the necessity and effectiveness of the sacrament of baptism, either … they think it’s just a nice thing to do … but only for those who are old enough to make a profession of faith … hence their problems with infant baptism.

Ask the priest or deacon to explain to all those gathered for the baptism that infant baptism, as practiced in the Catholic Church, is THE most definitive demonstration of salvation with ABSOLUTELY NO WORKS AT ALL … according the FAITH of the Church … FREELY given by God … who desires all to be SAVED, and to come to the knowledge of his TRUTH.

Since the Holy Spirit IS the Spirit of Truth … and “knowing” that truth involves the indwelling of one’s soul by that same Spirit … it’s clear that Catholics have always had this one right, from the very earliest days of the Church.

It would also be a good idea to mention that grace necessarily preceeds faith … and that baptism is all about grace … and all about the Holy Spirit sweeping original sin from the soul and taking up residence there … making the infant a temple of the Holy Spirit, an adopted child of God, co-heir with Jesus Christ, a citizen of Heaven, and a member of the Church.

Let anyone attempt to make a case against that!

Furthermore … the Bible DOES NOT prohibit infant baptism … while the OT practice of circumcision is cited by St. Paul as one of the strongest precedents for infant baptism.

Your Baptist relatives will likely understand things framed in this manner … even if their Protestant beliefs don’t quite measure up.

If we are all sinners? Than how can we be saved?

Q: If we are all sinners? Than how can we be saved?

A: Sinners are saved by Jesus Christ, through his Church, which is the universal sacrament of salvation, for all.

Christians, why are the chosen people (Israelites) not blessed as the Bible claim them to be?

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Q: Christians, why are the chosen people (Israelites) not blessed as the Bible claim them to be?

God said that the Israelites are so blessed and blah blah blah… but what we see today is somewhat different isn’t it? With all the war and stuff going on there.

A: God repeatedly saved the Israelites from destruction, and God uniquely blessed the Israelites by first sending his only begotten son Jesus, to them.

You can’t do any better than that.

They blew it. That’s all. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Today, the spiritual dynamics are different, and the universal sacrament of salvation is the Holy Catholic Church.

Of course, everyone (Jew and Gentile alike) is welcome to freely partake of all God’s blessings, through that same universal, New Covenant Church that Jesus paid for with his own blood, and that he personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation.

I’m wondering if i’ll be judged by God almighty and my sins will be pointed out …

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Q: Will my past sins still be brought back up into my face?
I don’t take sin lightly, but when i feel i had control but I decided for that moment to sin anyways. well now i’m feeling very sorry and regretful. I’m wondering if i’ll be judged by God almighty and my sins will be pointed out. I want to keep my record short.

A: It’s always a good idea to formally apologize to God for sins, and to sincerely promise to do better next time.

Presuming that God will automatically forgive your sins is another sin, in itself.

Catholics have the best deal in this regard, because they have a sacrament that was instituted by Jesus Christ for the specific purpose of forgiving sins … absolutely … without any doubt … right here and right now.

That means Catholics don’t have to wait until Judgment Day to find out if God has actually forgiven all their sins, while the power of the sacrament also effectively replenishes any grace that might have been lost.

It doesn’t get much better than that, this side of heaven.

If we are all equal in God’s eyes, why do Christians think otherwise?

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Q: If we are all equal in God’s eyes, why do Christians think otherwise?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me that Christians think they are no longer subject to God’s law. They think they’ll go to heaven no matter what they do, as long as they accept Jesus, while on the other hand, the “non-believers” will go to hell just because they are not Christians. Where’s justice in that?

A: You’re wrong.

God loves everyone equally, but personally choosing to become an official member of God’s extended family, and a member of the Church, does have it’s privileges.

It’s called grace. And it’s grace that turns away God’s wrath for sins, and it’s grace that also turns God’s just punishments to mercy.

That’s the whole point. The sacraments of the authentic, universal Church are the primary earthly channels of God’s super abundant grace.

And compared to the Church, every other channel of grace fades into relative insignificance.

The justice is simple. You’re free to reject Satan and all his works, and to swear faithful allegiance to Jesus Christ, typically through baptism into the Church, just like everybody else.

Then you’ll have free access to all the grace you’ll ever need.

See how easy that is?

One last thing … God is sovereign and all powerful, and he can save anyone he chooses, for any reason, or no reason at all. But it’s not too smart to bet on a long shot, when grace and the Church is pretty much a slam dunk.

Christians, how do you love God when you’ve never met him in a literal sense?

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This was the basis of a recent question, posted on the Yahoo Answers website:

Christians, how do you love God when you’ve never met him in a literal sense?

My reply: 

Catholics have a definite edge in that regard, since we “know” Jesus … in the biblical sense … body, blood, soul, and divinity … from about the age of 8 … through the blessed sacrament that Jesus instituted for that express purpose.

In one aspect, this works as a supernatural “souvenir” testifying to the reality of the earlier, original events (in this case, the Passover Meal, the Last Supper, the subsequent Crucifixion of Christ)  permitting one to participate in them personally, and much more completely.

And for another, eating the real and substantial body and blood of Christ results in a level of divine intimacy that is difficult or impossible for non-Catholics to comprehend.

The old saying, “The way to a person’s heart is through the stomach.” isn’t far from the truth.

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