The final victory, which is resurrection to eternal life.

Vol 10 Issue 16 Editor: Rev. Fr. Courtney Edward Krier
April 22, 2017 Easter Saturday

Dear Reader: The victory of Christ. One might remember Quasimodi simply as the main character in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but it points specifically to the name given to the Mass on the first Sunday after the Resurrection: Quasi modo geniti infants (as newborn infants). The Church has chosen this passage from St Peter’s First Catholic Epistle (2:2) to address the newborn children of God who had received the Sacrament of Baptism on the Vigil of the Paschal festivities. These newly baptized are being instructed that they are to believe in what they do not see but now know, that they are to do the good commanded even though they cannot see the consequences of the good performed, and they are to suffer even though they cannot see the reward for all the suffering endured. No one could see the victory of Christ when He died on the Cross, but it broke the chains that bound us to Satan. No one living could see Christ risen from the dead but to whom He appeared; yet He did rise and the empty tomb was the sign—the sign that He brought each one eternal life if they believed in Him [Last week we talked of what faith requires and will not repeat.]. As the Church instructs these newborn children, she also brings out a perennial reflection upon the Sacrament of Penance. This Sacrament is a boundless sign of Christ’s Mercy.  Through the Sacrament of Baptism one obtains the forgiveness of all sin, Original sin committed by our first parents which all inherit and actual sin which is the sin one personally committed. But what would save one if one had the misfortune after Baptism to fall back into sin? There could not be a second redemptive act, a second baptism, as Christ died once and for all (cf. 1 Peter 3:18 and 2 Corinthians 5:15); but Christ did continue in Sacramental form the forgiveness of sins found already in the Old Testament (cf. Lev. 16). To make a worthy confession may the baptized Catholic remember one should thoroughly examine one’s conscience to know one’s sins, evoke contrite sorrow, have resolved not to commit the sins again (mortal absolutely), tell the number and kind of sin to the priest and fulfill the penance the priest imposed. Salvation is only obtained if one departs this life with God’s sanctifying grace. If one, no matter the circumstances, dies with unforgiven grave sin (includes original sin) on one’s soul, there is no salvation. This is why the very first act of Christ, upon His first encounter with His Apostles was to bestow this forgiveness and to grant its administration upon all baptized who sincerely repented after having fallen into sin. May Catholics, simply as children, ask this forgivenesS.

The prefix for Easter Friday, Maryknoll Missal 1959
“The blessings of Christ resurrection extended to all times and all places, through the missionary work of all Christ members who bring men of every class and race to the Sacrament of Baptism. Baptism is man’s first resurrection from the death of sin to the grace-quickened life of the soul.The grace of Baptism, so long as it is preserved, is the indwelling pledge of the Christian’s final resurrection. In its essential missioner ministry, the Church is assured of Christ’s continued presence and is therefore guaranteed the final victory, which is resurrection to eternal life.”
The prefix for Easter Friday, Maryknoll Missal 1959
As always, enjoy the readings and commentaries provided for your benefit. —The Editor
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