September 30, 2009

I grew up in water



Having been born again at Baptism. I am a fish in water symbolizing life in the spirit . Literally I can swim pretty good.
Question: "If you're born again, do you have two belly buttons ?"
Me: lol No. We throve through the umbilical cord the same way we have an umbilical cord that unites us to Our Father in which Rivers of Life flow into us.




Out of all the Church Fathers I will quote Tertullian on baptism. One of my favorites.


Tertullian


“Happy is our sacrament of water, in that, by washing away the sins of our early blindness, we are set free and admitted into eternal life. . . . But we, little fishes after the example of our [Great] Fish, Jesus Christ, are born in water, nor have we safety in any other way than by permanently abiding in water. So that most monstrous creature, who had no right to teach even sound doctrine, knew full well how to kill the little fishes—by taking them away from the water!” (Baptism 1 – 203 AD)


In John 3:5 Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”


The Catechism of the Catholic Church says (CCC 1213) “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”

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