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  1. Another excellent video, which explains the sacraments very simply and clearly with the usual excellent graphics. Thank you, Catholic Truth video-master!

  2. A very good summary indeed. I really enjoyed watching that – it’s one of the very best in the series so far.

  3. I really enjoyed the video on the Sacraments – very clear and easy to digest. Well done Peter and video-master!

  4. Great video!

    Only one point, I wonder if you should have included Baptism of desire and Baptism of blood in the section on Baptism?

    Apart from that (and it’s only a question, not meant to be a criticism), first class!

      • Laura and Michaela,

        The only reason we didn’t include Baptisms of Blood and Desire, is that we had decided to keep the text to a minimum, the very basics. Our rule of thumb is to keep the videos to 5 mins or less (sometimes allowing a few seconds over, but definitely under 6 mins) so that restricts our content quite a bit. The whole rationale, however, is to present the Faith in small, easily digestible, chunks. I hope we are achieving that, although, by definition, it means that we cannot include everything, cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’…

        While it doesn’t take long to explain that Baptism of blood refers to those who sacrifice their lives in defence of the Faith – that’s easy – Baptism of desire takes a bit longer to explain thoroughly.

        Some people believe that if someone desires to do the right thing, but dies before they can become Catholics, that means they have been given Baptism of desire, but it doesn’t.

        Baptism of desire refers to those who have manifested their desire to be Catholics (not just a secret desire in the heart – although God alone can answer that one, definitively!) but, if, for example, a person under instruction to be received into the Church dies suddenly, we may assume that they will have been baptised by their manifest desire to enter the visible body of Christ’s Church.

        I once heard a priest correct the error of someone who thought that, in the case of unbaptised infants, because the parents would have desired baptism for that child, he/she would have been baptised “by desire”; Father pointed out that it cannot be someone’s else’s desire – the person must themselves desire baptism and have manifested that desire clearly, e.g. by undertaking formal instruction in the Faith. Anyway, the Church’s teaching on the natural happiness awaiting the unbaptised infant is a consolation.

        It would have added too much time onto our short video slot to have gone into detail about Baptism of Blood and Baptism of Desire, so we decided to focus only on baptism of water and the Holy Ghost, as with all the other sacraments; there is a mountain of material available on each of the sacraments, so we really had to prune the information, in order to record only the basics.

        • Surely a newborn baby is being baptised through someone else`s desire, generally the parents, rather than its own, so how can that be any more valid than that of a stillborn child`s parent`s desire?

          Just asking rather than doubting.

          Hope Mary McAleese isn`t looking in.

          • Frankier,

            I understand your point – and of course, infants are baptised because their parents desire them to be baptised… which is why they have them baptised “by water and the Holy Ghost”! In other words, babies are baptised because their parents arrange for them to be baptised, and the Church has made it easy, so that even a baby born in danger of death may be baptised by any lay person. When that child comes to the age of reason and older, however, no matter how much his parents desire it, only he can exercise his free will to embrace the Faith.

            Thus, only adults are capable of receiving Baptism of desire – see this passage from the Catholic Encyclopaedia, which will undoubtedly explain it better than my unworthy self. Scroll down to section headed the baptism of desire http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02258b.htm#iv

        • I’d also add that the main focus was the biblical origin for ALL Seven Sacraments. This refutes the Protestant accusation that there are only two, or three Sacraments.

  5. Great job! I have to shake my head and wonder how so many millions of people were and are taken in by the Protestant lies about the Eucharist. The Bible, they asssert, is to be taken literally….oh, except for that part about the institution of the Holy Eucharist! That was just symbolic….

  6. RCA Victor,

    Like your good (ish!) self, I’m also amazed at how Protestants will assert the literal interpretation of Scripture until they read John 6, or other passages which explicitly mention the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. That’s always astonished me. Likewise, the non-Catholic who once stressed to me that he just “couldn’t get his head round the idea of a hierarchical church” and when I quoted the Petrine verses didn’t bat an eyelid. He had no explanation for the verses referring to the hierarchical Church/Petrine office, just “couldn’t get his head round the idea of a hierarchical church with pope and bishops….” The whole point of our meeting was to discuss the “sola scriptura’ argument! Gimme strength!

    Thank you to all who have praised the video. Peter did exceptionally well, as, of course, did our young video-master.

    Thank you to one and all for your encouragement. We have other videos/topics in the pipeline, so don’t lose hope 😀 😀 !

    • Editor,

      I once had a debate with a Catholic lady who was a reader in a United Reformed congregation (no, I’m not joking!). I asked her what she thought of Christ’s words regarding the Real Presence in John’s gospel. She smiled and said, patronisingly, “The Last Supper isn’t in John’s gospel!” Her minister, who was present, smiled and nodded in agreement. When I pointed out that I was referring to the “Discourse on the Bread of Life” in Chapter 6, their faces fell. It was priceless!

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