RITE FOR CHRISTIAN INITIATIONFOR ADULTS
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATIONFOR ADULTSTHE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATIONTHE INITIAL PROCESS OF BECOMING CATHOLICEVERY MAN IS BORNIn order for man to be perfected three things must occur:
Generation or birth.GrowthNourishment or food
Collins, p. 120
In the spiritual realm man is perfected by
His birth into the Catholic Faith by his baptism
His strengthening in his faith by his confirmation
His nourishing his faith by the Holy EucharistSACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The exterior washing which takes place when the water is poured in Baptism represents that interior cleansing which takes away sin by virtue of the Sacrament of Baptism(Collins, p. 124) SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
The effect of Confirmation is that the Holy Spirit is imparted to give strength, just as He was given to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.
The Christian must boldly confess the name of Christ.
The one who is confirmed is anointed on the forehead wherein is the seat of fear; so that he will not blush to confess either the name of Christ or especially the cross of Christ, which to the Jews was a scandal and to the pagans foolishness.
For this reason he is signed with the sign of the cross.(Collins, p. 124)
SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARISTFirst, in the very consecration of the Sacrament, since in virtue of the above words bread is changed into the Body of Christ, and wine into His Blood; so that Christ is entirely contained under the appearances of bread which remain without a subject; and Christ is entirely contained under the appearances of wine.
Under each part of the con-secrated Host and of the consecrated wine, Christ is totally present even after the separation is made (Collins, p. 125).
The second effect is the union of man with Christ, as He himself says:
"He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him." And since man is incorporated with Christ and united to His members through grace, it follows that through this Sacra- nt grace is increased in those who receive it worthily
7WORKS CITEDCatholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church.. 2nd ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana; Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 1997
Joseph B. Collins, Ph.D. S.S., D.D. The CatecheticalInstruction of St. Thomas Aquinas NewYork N.Y. Joseph Wagner, Inc. 1939