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Chapter 15. Baptism: Becoming a Christian • 197

have committed themselves to the ongoing process of conversion of heart

and mind to God, which results in the holiness to which we are called.


1. St. Paul tells us that in Baptism we die and rise with Christ. Why is it

necessary to remember the “dying” part? If you were to do a survey

of what Baptism means to people, what answers do you think you

would hear?

2. What differences do you see between some “cradle Catholics” and

those who have entered the Church through the RCIA? What are the

responsibilities of godparents in looking after the growth in faith of

the baptized they sponsor?

3. What is an effective way of attracting others to Christ?


• The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism,Confirmation, andEucharist.

• The Risen Jesus commissioned the Apostles to baptize 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” (Mt


• Baptism gives a person birth into new life. It is necessary for salva-

tion and for entry into the Church.

• The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the person in water three

times or pouring water on his or her head three times while invoking

the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

• The effects of Baptism are delivery from all sins (Original and per-

sonal), reception of the grace of divine adoption, being made a

member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit, initiation into

the Church, and being made a sharer in Christ’s mission as priest,

prophet, and king.