Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics and Evangelization Tim Staples answers a caller who asks if infants can be baptized during Lent.
Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.
During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!
He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.
This is from the Chieftains CD ‘Santiago’, celebrating the historical fellowship and closeness of the Irish and Spanish people. Particularly, they united in an effort to invade the heretical island of the English. This music nicely blends Spanish and Celtic folk music, with Catholic Gregorian traditions. The chant is ad honorem of the Christianization of Spain, commonly sung by pilgrims in the country. The images are a few random scenes of the country of Spain.
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Baptism initiates a person into the Christian faith. Listen as parents explain what they felt as their children were brought into the Christian community.
Through the Sacrament of Baptism God puts an indelible mark on the soul of a child, and anoints him or her with special gifts and graces. Although over a million children are baptized each year, it is imperative that parents initiate their children through the Sacrament and bring moral instruction into the home.
Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin explains the circumstances that lead to a Father of the Church being ordained a bishop before he was baptized.
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