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Efficacious Engagement Kimberly Belcher

Efficacious Engagement

Kimberly Belcher

Published November 3rd 2011
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217 pages
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The long-standing tradition of baptizing infants suggests that the sacraments plunge our bodies into salvation, so the revelation of Gods love in the sacraments addresses the whole person, not the mind alone. In this work, the contemporary RomanMoreThe long-standing tradition of baptizing infants suggests that the sacraments plunge our bodies into salvation, so the revelation of Gods love in the sacraments addresses the whole person, not the mind alone. In this work, the contemporary Roman Catholic rite of baptism for infants becomes a case study, manifesting the connections between the human body, the ecclesial body, and the Body of Christ. The sacramental life, for children as for adults, is an ongoing journey deeper into the life of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. By examining the churchs practice of infant baptism, Kimberly Hope Belcher asks how human beings participate in Gods life through the sacraments. Christian sacraments are embodied, cultural rituals performed by and for human beings. At the same time, the sacraments are Gods gifts of grace, by which human beings enter into Gods own life. In this study, contemporary ritual studies, sacramental theology, and trinitarian theology are used to explore how participation in the sacraments can be an efficacious engagement in Gods life of love. Kimberly Hope Belcher is an assistant professor of theology at Saint Johns University, where she teaches sacramental theology and ritual studies. She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and writes for the liturgical blog PrayTell.