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Water Is Life

Reflect According to God’s beautiful designs, living creatures require water, and we are among the many millions of species who depend on the refreshment, nourishment, and cleansing power of water. Birth, Baptism, hydration, cooking: How many ways has water transformed ...
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Christianity at Its Best—and Worst

They say you’ll never meet an atheist in a foxhole. But what about in a swimming pool?
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Baptizing Grandchildren Secretly

At a recent meeting, the topic of unbaptized grandchildren came up. I have been told by many priests and deacons that I could not baptize my grandchildren because it can only be administered once. What happens when grandparents baptize their ...
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Understanding the Sacrament of Baptism

Having a baby baptized is both an act of faith and a cultural affair. It is both a statement of trust in the goodness of God as well as a family event that can be faith-filled.
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The Sacrament of Baptism: A Good Place to Start

We commonly say that the sacraments are signs that effect what they signify. That’s a fancy way of saying that they do what they say they do.
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Rediscovering Catholic Traditions: Holy Water

The ancients said everything was composed of four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Jesus used all these elements as tools for teaching and miracle-making, but water is a clear favorite. Foot-washing (I’ve heard rumors) was once part of sacramental ...
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