Our reflection on Baptism continues this week.
The usual way to receive Baptism is by the sacrament itself through the pouring on of water in conjunction with the words: "I baptize you N. in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." The ordinary minister is a bishop, a priest or a deacon. In the case of emergency, anyone can baptize, even an non-baptized person, as long as that person has the intention of doing what the Church does when he baptizes and uses the correct procedure.
It is understandable why the Church desires baptism for everyone as long as they freely want it with the proper dispositions and intentions. Moreover, we can see why Catholic parents want this for their newborns. They want not only the best for their material well being, but they want the best for them spiritually.
Next week, I will write about the requirements for receiving this Sacrament in the Catholic Church.