One important understanding we should have, in offering or consecrating our lives, is that through our Baptism and our Confirmation, which each impressed a character or seal on our souls, we are all called to participate in the Priesthood of Christ, in different ways. Therefore, in union with Him, we should offer up spiritual sacrifices of all that we have, all that we are, and all that we do, especially during Holy Mass with the Priest. Thus, by consecrating ourselves, we offer a pleasing sacrifice to God, and participate in His Priesthood. At the foot of the Cross, St. John represents ministerial Priests. Our Lady represents the believing Faithful, and the royal Priesthood all Christians participate in through Baptism. The CCC teaches us, "Two participations in the One Priesthood of Christ "1546 Christ, High Priest and unique mediator, has made of the Church "a kingdom, Priests for his God and Father."20 The whole community of believers is, as such, priestly. The faithful exercise their Baptismal Priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as Priest, prophet, and king. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the faithful are "consecrated to be . . . a holy Priesthood."21 1547 The Ministerial or Hierarchical Priesthood of Bishops and Priests, and the Common Priesthood of all the faithful participate, "each in its own proper way, in the One Priesthood of Christ." While being "ordered one to another," they differ essentially.22 In what sense? While the Common Priesthood of the Faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace --a life of faith, hope, and charity, a life according to the Spirit--, the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders." The Catechism of Trent had explained the same Scriptural distinction using slightly different terminology, namely External Priesthood and Internal Priesthood, "Twofold Priesthood But as Sacred Scripture describes a Twofold Priesthood, one internal and the other external, it will be necessary to have a distinct idea of each to enable pastors to explain the nature of the Priesthood now under discussion. The Internal Priesthood Regarding the internal Priesthood, all the faithful are said to be Priests, once they have been washed in the saving waters of Baptism. Especially is this name given to the just who have the Spirit of God, and who, by the help of divine grace, have been made living members of the great High-Priest, Jesus Christ; for, enlightened by faith which is inflamed by charity, they offer up spiritual sacrifices to God on the altar of their hearts. Among such sacrifices must be reckoned every good and virtuous action done for the glory of God. Hence we read in the Apocalypse: Christ hath washed us from our sins. in his own blood and hath made us a kingdom, and Priests to God and his Father. In like manner was it said by the Prince of the Apostles: Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy Priesthood offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ; while the Apostle exhorts us to present our bodies a living sacrifice holy , pleasing unto God your reasonable service. And long before this David had said: A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humble heart O God thou wilt not despise. All this clearly regards the Internal Priesthood." the Catechism then proceeds to describe the External Priesthood. Thus, the importance of "offering up" (together with the Sacrifice of Christ, and with all the Holy Masses offered up by Bishops and Priests in the world) all our actions for the glory of God, including good works and our daily Cross. What more can we learn and appreciate about this doctrine of the internal Priesthood conferred at Baptism, and how better can we apply it in our daily Christian life and our walk with God?