This weekend, our Church had the great fortune of welcoming thousands of new members into the body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism. For many, it was the culmination of a process that took many months, if not years, and will forever change their lives: now, they will forever have the mark of Christ on their souls.
Sounds pretty great, right? It is.
But it does raise an interesting question: what actual effect does that mark have on our salvation? What I mean by this is, does one actually have to be baptized, as in, God won’t save them if they don’t enter the waters? And if this isn’t the case and God can save whomever God wants, then what difference does it make if we’re baptized?
Nuanced questions before us this week on Catholicism in Focus! I hope you had (are having!) a great Easter! He is Risen, Alleluia! Alleluia!
I love your YouTube videos; keep them coming. I especially enjoy your commentary on the history and tradition of the church. As someone who had the privilege of attending catholic schools; I feel that I barely understand the mystery of the faith much less it’s history. Please continue to teach us what it means to be Catholic.
Also, could you do a video on the Marian apparition in Green Bay Wisconsin? When we mention Our Lady, it is always in the context of Lourdes or Fatima or Guadalupe. Yet, we have an apparition in the US; fairly recent – that we never speak of. While the church recognizes it; do they not actually believe it to be true?
Thanks for all you do.