Many times our faith isn’t defined until a critical moment…
the birth of our stillborn son was such a moment.
Faced with such a grievous time… at the edge of his grave on that hot June day in 2000… my hand shot out as I held them back from pouring in the dirt… and I laid down at the edge and grabbing the nearest bottle of water I poured it into my hand and baptized our son, Ahren Elijah, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Because just a year earlier I learned something about baptism that I had never before heard. It had to do with the word sacrament and God’s grace. It had to do with the remission of sin. Initially, I had rejected it and an entire year went by without much thought about it anymore.
On that day push came to shove
But on the day of Ahren’s burial, as I looked down at that tiny casket, my heart being welled up with sorrow, I could not bury this little boy without the blessing of divine grace. Beside the grave- in one of the most heart breaking moment of my life- I could not release my son into eternity. When push came to shove I found that I believed wholeheartedly in the Sacrament of Baptism – namely, that baptism removed the stain of original sin from his tiny body.
And since that day I’ve had no doubts or delusions about the power of the grace bestowed through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. When the day comes that your faith is tested, by God’s grace, you’ll know what you believe.
Jesus answered: 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.John 3:5
But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.3 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.Acts 2:38-39