RITE OF CHRISTIANINITIATIONFOR ADULTSTHE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
THE INITIAL PROCESS OF BECOMING CATHOLIC HOLYBAPTISM CONFIRMATION EUCHARIST
EVERY MAN IS BORN• In order for man to be perfected three things must occur:1. Generation – or birth.2. Growth3. Nourishment – or food• Collins, p. 120
In the spiritual realm . . Man is also perfected by:1. His birth in baptism1. His growth by confirmation2. His nourishment by the Holy Eucharist
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM The exterior washing which takes place when the water is poured in Baptism represents that interior cleansing which takes away sin by virtue of the Sacrament of Baptism (Collins, p. 124)
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION• The effect of Confirmation is that the Holy Spirit is imparted to give strength, just as He was given to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.• The Christian must boldly confess the name of Christ.• The one who is confirmed is anointed on the forehead wherein is the seat of fear; so that he will not blush to confess either the name of Christ or especially the cross of Christ, which to the Jews was a scandal and to the pagans foolishness.• For this reason he is signed with the sign of the cross.• (Collins, p. 124)
SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARISTFirst, in the very consecration of the The second effect is the union of manSacrament, since in virtue of the with Christ, as He himself says:above words bread is changed intothe Body of Christ, and wine into "He that eateth My Flesh, andHis Blood; so that Christ is entirely drinketh My Blood, abideth incontained under the appearances Me, and I in him."of bread which remain without a And since man is incorporated withsubject; and Christ is entirely Christ and united to His memberscontained under the appearances of through grace, it follows that throughwine. this Sacra- nt grace is increased in those who receive it worthily Under each part of the con- secrated Host and of the consecrated wine, Christ is totally present even after the separation is made (Collins, p. 125).
WORKS CITED• Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church..• 2nd ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice V aticana; Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 1997• Joseph B. Collins, Ph.D. S.S., D.D. “The Catechetical• Instruction of St. Thomas Aquinas” NewYork• N.Y. Joseph Wagner, Inc. 1939