Baptism Is The True Light That Enlightens Every Man Essay

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All Catholics are called to be baptized to immerse, or surround themselves fully, into the Church. Baptism translates to “immersion.” “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). All baptized Catholics are joined into one Body of Christ. In other words, through Baptism, we become one community and one people under God.
Catholics tend to be baptized as infants, to begin their relationship with the Church. Baptism is “the true light that enlightens every man” (Jn 1:9). All who are baptized “are called to become themselves light - the light of the faith they have received - for their brothers, especially for those who are in darkness and see no glimmer of light on the horizon of their lives” (Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments 19)1.
Although most people are baptized as infants, one can receive Baptism as an adult. In fact, it is even commendable to do so. Those who choose to be baptized as adults have experienced life without the guiding hand of the Church and have somewhere encountered God on their journey alone. These adults choose to join the Catholic faith themselves rather than having the decision made for them as babies.
Some adults choose to be re-Baptized. This practice is common in other Christian branches, such as the Baptist Church. However, the Catholic church believes Baptism is a sacrament a person should only experience once…

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