The Word Among Us

June 2007 Issue

Water, Water Everywhere

How God has used this simple substance to bring about death and life.

Father, you give us grace through sacramental signs, which tell us of the wonders of your unseen power. Amazing, isn’t it? This one simple sentence from the blessing of water in the Rite of Baptism expresses the whole of the church’s teachings about sacraments. Through signs like water, oil, and a candle, we are brought into contact with the "unseen power" of God. Each of these "sacramental signs" brings with it the power of God, even as it tells us its own story about our heavenly Father and about the sacrament we are celebrating

With this in mind, let’s take a look at the central sign of baptism—water—to see what it has to tell us about the new life that...

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