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71. Preparation for Baptism

1. Instruction is to precede baptism, for our Lord said(Matt. 28:19): "Going therefore, teach ye all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and ofthe Holy Ghost." Infants who are incapable of receivingpersonal instruction, are baptized in the faith of theChurch. Yet the sponsor for an infant promises to use his bestefforts to see that the child will be duly instructed.

2. Exorcism, which is the casting out of evil spirits,should precede baptism. For the devil is the enemy of man'ssalvation, and he has a certain power over man in the fact that manis subject to sin.

3. The exorcism casts out demons lest they impede thesalvation of the person baptized. In the ritual employed by theChurch for solemn baptism, this exorcism is prescribed.

4. It is the work of priests to instruct and exorcisethose preparing for baptism, and afterwards to baptize them.

"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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