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Liturgical Theology

May 1, 2008

[In baptism] the infant, a silent preacher of the doctrine of St. Paul, cannot even appear to be performing a work of righteousness, it only “suffers the divine love.”  The child of nature’s womb has first of all to be re-formed in the Church’s womb, elevated to the point of being able to have a relationship of life with Christ and through him with the whole human family.  This is a dramatically anti-Pelagian gesture in which individual helplessness is met and mended in solidarity with others. (Peter A. Kwasniewski, “Aquinas on Eucharistic Ecstasy,” Nova et Vetera [Winter 2008])

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