Fr. John Kerns shares why Catholics baptize infants, when many other denominations wait to baptize until much later. He asks, do we let children decide where to go to school, or what to choose for nutrition, or when to eat? What about how to behave? No, we make decisions for them, based on their best interest. We want what is best for them, so we choose for them where to go to school, what to eat, and when to eat.

It is similar with infant baptism. We choose for them what is in their best interest.

If you are born in the United States, you are automatically an American citizen. This gives you the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as outlined by the Declaration of Independence. Do you have to understand what these rights mean? No, we benefit from these rights regardless of our understanding. Similarly, God’s grace is not based on our understanding. We learn more and more about our faith as we progress through life. Grace is far more profound than simply matching our ability to comprehend it.

Remember, Jesus told us, “it is not you who chose me, but I who chose you” (John 15:16). When parents choose infant baptism for their child, then the child receives all of the rights, benefits, and graces of citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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