The Purity of Baptism

The Catholic Church teaches that we were born anew when we were
baptized while we were still infants. Our baptism was in compliance
with the teaching of Jesus that we must be born anew so that we may be
able to enter the Kingdom of God. This is also in compliance with the
instructions of Jesus to his disciples when he said, “Go therefore and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the
close of the age.”

We Catholics do not believe that we have to be older, or even attain
the age of reason, before we may be baptized. We believe that it is
not our intellect or our attainment of the age of reason that makes
the baptism effective. Our being born anew is by the grace of God
bestowed upon us when the priest baptizes us “in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The intellect is not always the best guide when it comes to our
relationship with God. Sometimes the intellect can even mislead us
into rejecting the revealed truths in the Gospel of Christ. We often
need guidance in our discernment process and it is the Holy Spirit who
leads us to make the correct decision. This is why the Church, in the
exercise of its Magisterium, strives to keep our faith in the
teachings of Christ constant and on solid ground as handed down to us
from the time of Jesus up to the present based on the Holy Bible and
the accepted traditions of our Church.

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