No Unforgivable Sin
What sins against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven?
Baptizing Grandchildren Secretly
At a recent meeting, the topic of
unbaptized grandchildren came up. I
have been told by many priests and
deacons that I could not baptize my
grandchildren because it can only be
What happens when grandparents
baptize their grandchildren,
and no one is ever told? What if,
many years later, that grandchild
decides to become a baptized
Catholic? Since the soul is already
marked from the first Baptism, what
I understand that one should not
baptize a child if the person is not in
a position to raise the child as a
Catholic, which is my case. My
grandchildren live far from me.
In Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, people make the sign of the cross from head to waist, right shoulder to left—and with thumb, index finger and middle finger joined.
In the West it is from left shoulder to right and with an open palm. Why?
Ash Wednesday Questions
My lifelong curiosity prompts me to ask: 1) When and how did Ash Wednesday originate? 2) What was the specific thinking that inspired this practice? 3) Can you recommend reference sources on this subject?
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