Thank you all!
And thank you for your input, Father Bob, I appreciate your information and support!
Your words, "there is no basis for baptism" especially struck me. That is what I felt in my heart.
And what you say about teaching moments and a prophet being heard in his own town to be so very true.
My brother was conditionally-baptized (Anglican, but obviously recognized by the Catholic Church) when we adopted him as a pre-school-aged child. We found out later he had already been baptized in a Catholic church as an infant. For years, I agonized about how to 'reach' him, how to preach the Gospel to him. No opportunity presented itself. I thought it was my failing until I saw a quote about no matter how much I desire someone's conversion, Christ wants it even more!
I let go of it, and I saw miracles in my brother's life! His young daughter began asking questions about why her cousins went to church, and they didn't! She wanted to learn about God and Jesus, so any time she had questions, her mother would direct her to me for answers, and wished me to answer them as I would answer my own children. Also, they accepted graciously any Christmas/Nativity or Easter Story books we gave as gifts.
My brother, unbeknownst to me, also began attending some adult education evenings put on by another parish. I saw him there one evening, and realized (not for the first time, lol!) that God indeed works in strange and wonderful ways!
Thank you again.
Edited by: CJBAGGINS at: 3/11/2012 (14:21)
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