Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My Updated Article on Infant Baptism

by Steve Ray on May 2, 2018

100_1650Even among Evangelical Protestants there is much debate about Infant Baptism. My old Baptist tradition rejected it as a Catholic tradition of men.

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, my favorite Evangelical Presbyterian theologian wrote a booklet entitled Infant Baptism in favor of the practice – my wife Janet was raised Presbyterian and baptized as an infant.

It continues to be a problem between Catholics and many Protestants. If you want to know more about it and why we as Catholics practice it with joy based on Scripture and early tradition, read my article here.

The picture is our granddaughter Elizabeth Arabella Rose Ray getting baptized 5 years ago — a little pagan becomes a Christian.

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One of the irritating things for me when I’m trying to make these videos every day for our group and for a wider audience is that in many places they will not allow us to take photos or videos. So, how do I document the sites and our events? It happened to me twice today but I did my best to work around it.

I hope you enjoy today’s movie as we had our tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Mass at the very coveted altar of Saint John Paul 2. The homily is here. We followed the last steps of Saint Paul  where he was murdered at Tre Fontaine and where his bones lie in the sarcophagus in Saint Paul outside the Walls.

We had a delightful lunch at your chili and the Tele which is our favorite lunch spot for groups. It’s out on the via Appia and the pastor they serve there is everyone’s favorite. From there we went to the Purcella catacombs and saw subterranean room and some of the first art ever produced by Christians including the first image we have of the blessed virgin Mary holding Jesus.

Everyone had later in the afternoon in the evening free to scatter out for shopping, exploring and discovering nice restaurants or cafés for dinner. Great time was had by all!

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