Let's have a short Q&A, based on comments from my post this week about the Assumption.
Q: Was Mary's preservation from original sin a requirement for birthing Jesus, or a
'reward' for it?
A: Neither. It was not necessary for the Virgin Mary to be immaculately conceived, as St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us. And it can't be a reward for birthing Jesus, because it took place before Jesus' birth. In a sense, you could say it is a reward, but it's less like God actively rewarding her for doing what he wanted, and more like God, taking care of his mother.
Q: What's the Catholic view on infant baptism? Why
does infant baptism matter?
A: Babies must be baptised as soon as possible, preferably within a month of the child's birth. Baptism cleanses a person from original sin and marks them as a member of Christ's Church.
Q: If death is punishment for sin please explain to me why animals die????