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70. Circumcision

1. The rite of circumcision in the Old Law was apreparation for baptism, and a figure of baptism. For it was aproclamation of faith by which a man was aggregated to the body ofthe faithful.

2. Circumcision was instituted in the person of Abrahamwho was the first to receive the promise of the birth of Christ asof his seed or line (Gen. 22:18), and was the first to segregatehimself from unbelievers.

3. Circumcision was established as a sign of faith; it wasa work of the all-wise God.

4. Circumcision remitted original sin and conferred graceas a sign of faith in Christ's coming Passion. Baptism confersgrace by the power of the sacrament itself as the instrument ofChrist's accomplished Passion.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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