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Baptism: Sacrament of Beginning and Promise

February 24th, 2012by Mary Anne Bressler

I have been involved in infant baptisms for the better part of the past 20 years. I had obviously had been to baptisms all through my life (which is far longer than two decades), but joining the baptism preparation team at my parish was a pivotal experience. Working with families preparing for the baptism of their child gave me the opportunity to regularly think about this sacrament and its implications for my life.  The sacrament of baptism is a celebration of the love of God mediated through the signs of water, oil and light in the presence of a community of believers. It is an ongoing call to live like Christ—to discipleship, and for me being reminded on a regular basis that I need to respond to that call has been transformative. Every time I stand by the font and watch the sacrament unfold, I am moved by its power.

 

Baptism is a sacrament of beginnings, of promise. A new venture brings both anticipation and anxiety. As I begin to blog for the Archdiocese, I must confess that I find it a humbling prospect to be sharing my thoughts in such a public forum.  I pray that I will be guided by the Holy Spirit to share my experiences in ways that might resonate with those who read this blog. My faith has gotten me through many difficult times, and I hope that I can impart some sense of the hope and joy that I believe was conferred through the waters of baptism and that continues to provide ongoing resurrection experiences throughout the challenges of life.

Mary Anne Bressler

Mary Anne Bressler is a parishioner and Pastoral Associate at St. Anthony Church in Madisonville and an adjunct faculty member at Xavier University.