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Old Feb 24, '12, 12:10 pm
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Default What does it mean to be unconfirmed?

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Please help. Iím worried that my baptism was invalid and that Iím condemned because of my overly lax spiritual life. I read that you are supposed to be baptized at the age of reason and that it is a personal acceptance of Jesus. I was baptized when I was an infant, and in no way could have accepted Jesus.
I was later told baptism was for erasing original sin, but I read a very convincing argument that if that were true Jesus would not have been baptized.
Also, I was never confirmed. Iíd rather not go into details, but between my possibly invalid baptism and when I was supposed to be confirmed Iíve received communion. Is it too late to correct my possibly invalid baptism, and to become confirmed? Or am I irreversibly damaged spiritually?
Finally, I've found out recently that I've been doing everything wrong. I've crossed myself in the wrong order, with my left hand before. I've also genuflected on the wrong knee without crossing myself. How bad of a sin is this? Are these just scruples or am I to be as worried as I am?
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Old Feb 24, '12, 12:39 pm
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Default Re: What does it mean to be unconfirmed?

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Hello,

Please help. Iím worried that my baptism was invalid and that Iím condemned because of my overly lax spiritual life. I read that you are supposed to be baptized at the age of reason and that it is a personal acceptance of Jesus. I was baptized when I was an infant, and in no way could have accepted Jesus.
Where did you read this? I don't think it was in a Catholic source because Catholics (and many other communities) believe in baptizing infants. Stick to authoritative Catholic sources of information. For example, this is from the Catechism:
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The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole "households" received baptism, infants may also have been baptized.
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I was later told baptism was for erasing original sin, but I read a very convincing argument that if that were true Jesus would not have been baptized.
Clearly Jesus did not need to be baptized to remove original sin. We, however, do need the sacrament. Again, this comes from the Catechism:
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Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to "fulfill all righteousness."19 Jesus' gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying.20 The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his "beloved Son."21
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Also, I was never confirmed. Iíd rather not go into details, but between my possibly invalid baptism and when I was supposed to be confirmed Iíve received communion. Is it too late to correct my possibly invalid baptism, and to become confirmed? Or am I irreversibly damaged spiritually?
Check with your parish about how you would go about preparing for Confirmation. It's not too late.

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Are these just scruples or am I to be as worried as I am?
Possibly scruples. Simple mistakes like genuflecting on the wrong knee are not sins.
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