“If we beheld a soul after Baptism with eyes of faith, we would see angels taking their watch around it.” (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
Mother Seton understood the beauty and importance of our baptism, and how the angels must have stood in awe as we were brought into the Body of Christ. Baptism marks the beginning of our lives as Christians; it is the doorway by which we enter into the fullness of God’s love and grace through the saving power of the Son and the cleansing action of the Holy Spirit. With Christ we are resurrected into new life: a life of true joy in spite of whatever circumstances we may face. Baptism also calls us to understand our part in the mission of the Church, which is making Christ known to the whole world.
While most of us probably don’t remember our own baptism, it is important to reflect on the meaning it has in our life. The waters of baptism can serve to remind us to “Belong More Deeply” to Christ and to His Church, as Bishop William Murphy encourages us. Perhaps we can study the readings before going to Mass, ponder the gifts we want to offer up at the Consecration, or bring to mind in a deeper way the concerns of those we love in the Prayer of the Faithful. The opportunities to belong more deeply are as infinite as God Himself – as infinite as the tiny drops of baptismal water which flow over us and out into the sea of humanity.
God will surely multiply those tiny drops – those small changes we make in our lives to belong more deeply to Him: Whatever small thing we do, we can be sure that Mother Seton and the angels will take notice, and approve.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!