Saturday, October 13, 2018

Great day in the North. Mass at Beatitudes (see homily here). We then drove to the northern tip of Israel at the base of Mount Hermon to Caesarea Philippi where I have my talk “Peter the Rock and Keys.”

Lunch at Druze Restaurant, discussed the dad Middleeastern situation while looking over Syria. Back to See of Galilee to visit and teach and pray at Primacy of Peter and Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish.

Then some free time before dinner at Magdelena which is one of the best restaurants in Israel. Enjoy!

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Do the Sacraments Need A “Digestive Juice”?

by Steve Ray on October 13, 2018

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At a recent conference, I mentioned that when we eat we need digestive juices in order to make our food do for our bodies what it was intended to do. I said sacraments are the same. The digestive juice of the sacraments is faith.

A listener honestly and respectfully questioned my comments. She asked her friend to contact me with the questions. Below is what she wrote:

I can’t go tonight or I would ask Steve this question myself but maybe if you get a chance, could you ask him to clarify something he said about Baptism. He talked about Baptism being somehow dependent on the faith of the one being baptized. Maybe I misunderstood him? I don’t think it’s proper to speak about Baptism in “receptionist” terms but maybe I’m missing something?

My response follows:

Dear Friend:

Baptism_photo_1First, I want to say that I did mean what I said in my talk about faith required for Baptism—and the other sacraments. The two go hand-in-hand and both are necessary. I have heard said that in baptism, if one does not have faith or believe—he just gets wet. For example, would an atheist who gets baptized for a joke, have the grace of salvation conferred?

Now, with infants, faith is still expressed through the intention of the parents. Even here it is not allowed, if I remember correctly, to baptize an infant against the will—thus the absence of faith and intention—of the parents.

For my whole response, click here.

 

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