When Br. JP innocently asked me what 'baptismal promises' are, he caught me flatfooted.
One lame excuse I heard myself uttering was "I was too young back then to remember." And besides, I silently mulled, I already committed myself to the loftiest possibility a human being could opt for: to become a religious.
But then, I didn't see the popping in of inevitable questions.
- Is it because I don't value my baptismal promises that I've forgotten them altogether?
- And since I don't value them, is this also the reason why I would catch myself at times compromising religious discipline?
As I join the Church in celebrating Christ's glorious baptism, I pose this challenge to myself: to go back to my fundamental catechism and rediscover—and know by heart—the promises I offered when I was baptized.