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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Excellent Sermon on the Feast of the Second Epiphany of Christ

A good Jesuit priest gave an excellent sermon today for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today, one of the three Epiphanies of Christ, the other two being the Feast of the Three Kings, and the other the Wedding Feast at Cana, ends the Christmas Season. So, you could have been feasting all last week as well, folks.

The main idea of the sermon was that our baptism marks us with the indelible mark as an heir of heaven and son or daughter of God.

Many Catholics, sadly, no longer believe in the necessity for baptism, which, sadly, makes them heretics.

To deny the need and efficacy of the sacrament of baptism denies the reason for the Incarnation. Christ came to free us from the results of Original Sin, which include damnation, give us life in Him, which we call sanctifying grace.

We ONLY get sanctifying grace in the sacraments.

To deny baptism is to deny Original Sin and its effects: concupiscence,  illness and death, clouding of the intellect, loss on innocence, separation from God. In the Creed, we say we believe that Christ descended to the dead-which is the Harrowing of Hell. Either one is  a Christian and believes in the Creed, or one is not.

The people redeemed from hell included SS. Adam and Eve.

The Council of Trent clarified, after the confusion of Luther, that baptism, indeed, took away Original Sin.

To not believe in Original Sin is one of the most common heresies today, along with Universal Salvation, which is the belief that all people go to heaven.

The priest today reminded all of us that it is our baptismal duty to evangelize. I have written on this many, many times.

The ideas of evolution have confused people, as they think their original parents were less than human, and not the perfect Adam and Eve.

See what false teaching can lead to---the denial of the very reason for Christianity: Christ's Redemptive Act on the Cross.

In my Monastic Diurnal, the Three Epiphanies are highlighted in the prayers from January 6th to today.

The old collects, in my opinion, are better than the new ones.


Juine Hui said...

St. Joseph was never baptized, the good thief was never baptized. Baptism is obviously the way to go and is needed but you're becoming a Feeneyite in your beliefs on baptism, baptism is necessary for salvation but God works in mysterious ways, as I said is St. Joseph a saint cause he was never baptized? The good thief who was given the promise of being with Christ at the Crucifixion. Feeneyism was condmened and is a prevalent heresy amongst some. Be careful, the closer you get to truth, the further you can stray from it. I do agree that baptism is needed for salvation but there are other forms of baptism than water. There are exceptions to water baptism: It is possible to be saved through "baptism of blood," martyrdom for Christ, or through "baptism of desire", that is, an explicit or even implicit desire for baptism.

Thus the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, are saved even if they have not been baptized" (CCC 1281; the salvation of unbaptized infants is also possible under this system; cf. CCC 1260–1, 1283).

As the following passages from the works of the Church Fathers illustrate, Christians have always believed in the normative necessity of water baptism, while also acknowledging the legitimacy of baptism by desire or blood.

Supertradmum said...

Juine Hui,

You are confused. It has always been the teaching of the Church that those righteous who died before Christ were redeemed by His Grace. We call David and all the patriaches saints, which I have written about on this blog.

Of course, I believe in the CCC and the doctrines of the Church, but all those children who are not being baptized today are not being formed in grace. To think that all these people will go to heaven is heretical-universal salvation. Read all the posts on this, as I discuss all these things.

You are putting your slant on these posts. Baptism is necessary for salvation, including the other types.

But, not many will desire Christ or not many will choose martyrdom with us evangelizing them.

I am not a Feeneyite. You choose to ignore many other posts. Plus, one cannot deny the efficacy of baptism, of any kind, which is the point of this post.