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194 • Part II. The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated

Baptismal Character

“Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured

to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark

1. Why are the rites of Baptism so helpful for understanding

this Sacrament?

The meaning and grace of the Sacrament of Baptism are

clearly seen in the rites of its celebration. By following

the gestures and words of this celebration with atten-

tive participation, the faithful are initiated into the riches

this sacrament signifies and actually brings about in each

newly baptized person. (CCC, no. 1234)

2. Why is sin possible after Baptism?

Certain temporal consequences of sin remain in the bap-

tized, such as suffering, illness, death, and such frailties

inherent in life as weaknesses of character . . . as well as an

inclination to sin that Tradition calls



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God also gave us free will. While he gives us Baptism and the

other Sacraments to help us make the correct choices, these

Sacraments do not force a person to do good and to avoid sin.

3. What helps the growth of faith after Baptism?

For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow

after Baptism. . . . For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the

parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the god-

father and godmother who must be firm believers and

ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—on the

road of Christian life. (CCC, nos. 1254-1255)