"Un Ti Morceau"

"A Little Something," mini-lessons and reflections by our pastor, Father Paul Counce


Published August 08, 2010 by Fr. Paul Counce

Over the past few weeks I’ve mentioned the two most im­portant aspects of Baptism: it makes a person ­a mem­ber of the community of the Church and it takes away sin.

What surprises me sometimes, though, is how many people seem to think that other aspects of the sacrament or its cele­bra­tion are more im­portant. For example, some get pre-occupied with the question of godparents.

Let=s make sure we know what godparents are: in the case of the Baptism of a child, the godparents witness the baptism and then “help him/her to live a proper Christian life and ful­fill faithfully the duties of Baptism” (c. 872). This is most­ly done by example, of course. Godparents do not neces­sa­rily always do nice things or give gifts to their god­child: some­times the way to help a person live as a real Christian is to challenge, even punish! And in our country godparents certainly don=t “take over” if parents should die: secular laws regulate that sort of thing.

If someone ever asks you to be a godparent for their child, and if they really understand what they’re asking of you, first of all feel humble and then be very, very thankful. They’ve asked you to share just about the most precious thing we pos­sess: a chance at eternal life with God! It’s a great honor but also a great responsibility to be chosen as worthy for such a noble task!

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