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SHOULD I SECRETLY BAPTISE MY GRANDSON WHEN I AM BABYSITTING?

 

“QUESTION:

My grandson has not yet been baptised. I have tried to persuade my daughter to arrange this but she does not seem concerned about it. Could I secretly baptise him when I am babysitting?

 

ANSWER:

The ordinary minister of baptism is the bishop, priest or deacon and baptism should be carried out in the Church according to the full rite given in the liturgical books. In an emergency, if a child is in danger of death, any person (even a non-Catholic) may baptise a child validly if they pour water on the child, say ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’, and have the intention to do what the Church does.

 

It would be wrong to carry out an emergency baptism if there is no pressing necessity such as a serious danger to the child’s life. Baptism makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church, with the duty of living the Christian life and living in accord with the teaching of the Church. The Church has always recognised the need for the consent of the parents and a well-founded hope that the child will be brought up in the practice of the faith.

 

If a baptism is carried out in an emergency, the parish priest should be informed so that he can offer pastoral care, and so that he can enter the details in the baptismal register. Should the child survive, he will arrange for the other ceremonies of the baptismal rite to be carried out in the Church at when convenient. The fact of baptism has important consequences in later life, especially in relation to marriage, so the parish priest should also be informed if a baptism is carried out when there was not any danger – though unlawful, such a baptism would be valid.

 

Many grandparents feel as you do. It is right for you to encourage the parents to have the child baptised, but you cannot force their decision. Try to show the value of the Christian faith gently, without nagging, but joyfully witnessing to the value of the Christian life.”

– This article by Fr Tim Finigan entitled “Catholic Dilemmas” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue November 1 2013. For subscriptions, please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

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CATCHING GLIMPSES OF THE DIVINE

Something more than earthly

“At times we seem to catch a glimpse of a form which we shall hereafter see face to face.

We approach, and in spite of the darkness, our hands, or our head, or our brow, or our lips become, as it were, sensible of the contact of something more than earthly.

We know not where we are, but we have been bathing in water, and a voice tells us that it is blood. Or we have a mark signed upon our foreheads, and it spake of Calvary. Or we recollect a hand laid upon our heads, and surely it had the print of nails in it, and resembled his who with a touch gave sight to the blind and raised the dead. Or we have been eating and drinking; and it was not a dream surely, that one fed us from his wounded side, and renewed our nature by the heavenly meat he gave.”

– Bl. John Henry Newman, “We may even experience Christ’s presence in his Sacraments”

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“WHETHER IT WAS AN ANGEL THAT WAS SENT TO US IN THE FORM OF A PRIEST OR A PRIEST THAT BECAME OUR ANGEL, I DON’T KNOW”

SHE ASKED THEM TO PRAY WITH HER, AND AT THAT MOMENT A MAN DRESSED IN BLACK, WEARING A WHITE COLLAR, APPEARED.

“A mystery priest who was credited with saving an American woman’s life after a car crash before vanishing without trace has been identified. Katie Lentz, 19, was driving in Missouri when another car crashed head-on into hers. For an hour firemen unsuccessfully tried to cut the seriously injured woman free from the wreckage. Then Miss Lentz asked the rescue workers to pray aloud with her, and at that moment a man dressed in black, wearing a white collar, appeared.

THE PRIEST APPEARED…A SENSE OF CALMNESS CAME OVER US

Fire chief Raymond Reed said: ‘It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.’ He added that ‘we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle’.

A new fire crew arrived and was able to cut her free. But in a variant of the urban folklore tale of the vanishing hitchhiker, when the rescue workers looked around the priest had disappeared – and he did not appear in any of the 80 photographs of the scene.

‘I THINK IT’S A MIRACLE’

‘I think it’s a miracle,’ Mr Reed said. ‘Whether it was an angel that was sent to us in the form of a priest or a priest that became our angel, I don’t know. Either way, I’m good with it.’ Some people speculated that the mystery helper may have been a saint, perhaps Padre Pio, but the priest has since been revealed as Fr Patrick Dowling, of nearby Jefferson City diocese, who was born in Kilkenny. ‘I asked the sheriff’s permission and approached the scene of the accident,’ Fr Dowling said. ‘I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt.’

THE POWER OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK

Fr Dowling said he has since visited the girl in hospital. He said: ‘You can very easily fall into despair when you’re in trouble.’ The Sacrament of the Sick, he said, ‘restores hope’.”

Add. pg. 13, comment: “Although the mystery was cleared up, it nonetheless illustrated the power of the faith, and the many priests who provide comfort and strength in adversity.”
– This article, entitled “Mystery priest ‘who saved girl’ is identified” [capital headings added afterwards], was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue August 16 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

 
 

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