The progression of a soul

By Tom Quiner

A little baby boy was baptized this morning at my church.

Christ’s loving Seal has been permanently etched on his soul. In Christianity, this is a foundational Sacrament, an essential step in our walk with Christ.

My own grandson will be baptized in just a couple of weeks. I can hardly wait for him to join the Church.

What a journey they’re on!

Just a half a year ago, when they were 12 weeks old in the womb, they could already smile, suck their thumbs, and make a fist.

A couple weeks earlier than that, at 10 weeks, they had a sense of touch and could feel comfort and pain.

A week before that, at 9 weeks, their little fingerprints began to form.

And shortly before that, at 18 days, they felt their first heartbeat!

And 18 days before that, the Holy Trinity breathed a soul into their fertilized egg and their human life began.

All of life’s beautiful expectations, the joys and sorrows, were present in their humanity.

The progression of a soul begins.