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Part Two

An indelible spiritual mark . . .

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Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized

is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indel-

ible spiritual mark (

character

) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can

erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits

of salvation.

83

Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.

1273

Incorporated into the Church by Baptism, the faithful have

received the sacramental character that consecrates them for Chris-

tian religious worship.

84

The baptismal seal enables and commits

Christians to serve God by a vital participation in the holy liturgy

of the Church and to exercise their baptismal priesthood by the

witness of holy lives and practical charity.

85

1274

The Holy Spirit has marked us with the

seal of the Lord

(

“Dominicus character”

) “for the day of redemption.”

86

“Baptism

indeed is the seal of eternal life.”

87

The faithful Christian who has

“kept the seal” until the end, remaining faithful to the demands of

his Baptism, will be able to depart this life “with the sign

of faith,”

88

with his baptismal faith, in expectation of the blessed

vision of God—the consummation of faith—and in the hope of

resurrection.

IN BRIEF

1275

Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments

together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life;

Confirmationwhich is its strengthening; and the Eucha-

rist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and

Blood for his transformation in Christ.

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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, bap-

tizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that

I have commanded you” (

Mt

28:19-20).

1277

Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accord­

ance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation,

as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.

83 Cf.

Rom

8:29; Council of Trent (1547): DS 1609-1619.

84 Cf.

LG

11.

85 Cf.

LG

10.

86 St. Augustine,

Ep.

98, 5: PL 33, 362;

Eph

4:30; cf. 1:13-14;

2 Cor

1:21-22.

87 St. Irenaeus,

Dem ap.

3: SCh 62, 32.

88

Roman Missal,

EP I (Roman Canon) 95.

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