Catechism of the Catholic Church

324 Part Two An indelible spiritual mark . . . 1272 Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indel- ible spiritual mark ( character ) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. 83 Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated. 1273 Incorporated into the Church by Baptism, the faithful have received the sacramental character that consecrates them for Chris- tian religious worship. 84 The baptismal seal enables and commits Christians to serve God by a vital participation in the holy liturgy of the Church and to exercise their baptismal priesthood by the witness of holy lives and practical charity. 85 1274 The Holy Spirit has marked us with the seal of the Lord ( “Dominicus character” ) “for the day of redemption.” 86 “Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life.” 87 The faithful Christian who has “kept the seal” until the end, remaining faithful to the demands of his Baptism, will be able to depart this life “with the sign of faith,” 88 with his baptismal faith, in expectation of the blessed vision of God—the consummation of faith—and in the hope of resurrection. IN BRIEF 1275 Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmationwhich is its strengthening; and the Eucha- rist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ. 1276 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, bap- tizing 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” ( Mt 28:19-20). 1277 Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accord­ ance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. 83 Cf. Rom 8:29; Council of Trent (1547): DS 1609-1619. 84 Cf. LG 11. 85 Cf. LG 10. 86 St. Augustine, Ep. 98, 5: PL 33, 362; Eph 4:30; cf. 1:13-14; 2 Cor 1:21-22. 87 St. Irenaeus, Dem ap. 3: SCh 62, 32. 88 Roman Missal, EP I (Roman Canon) 95. 197 2016