Let us approach the baptism font at the monastery of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in Indiana. It is near the front doors, although almost nobody uses them because they are up three flights of stairs. Most use the side doors instead.
There is a constant bubbling of water in it. It is rather soothing to watch. It is big enough to put an infant inside.
This next photo is very interesting. I was taking a picture of the altar, but with the light it looks like the font is the chalice on top of the altar. This is very appropriate, as the baptism font and the altar are connected symbolically. We enter the faith through our baptism. We are reminded of our redemption through communion.
I wonder what it is like for these priests to baptize, when they will never have children of their own (since they cannot marry or have sex)?
There is no reason from the Gospels why priests cannot marry. Peter, the “rock upon whom the church is built” was married before Jesus called him to be a disciple. (See MT 8:14-17, MK 1:29-34, or LK 4:38-41, when his mother-in-law was healed.) Jesus never said that his followers couldn’t be married. He also wanted us all to live communally and work together, sharing what we have with each other.