Matthew 28:19 “Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”
Scroll all the way down for a video of our daughter’s Baptism. She is now 12 years old.
Ah, the Sacraments! One of the best parts of being a Catholic!
And Baptism… well what better way to welcome a new child into this world than by also erasing all Original Sin and paving his/her way for life in Christ and as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ?
And so, it is with such humble gratitude, that my husband and I find ourselves again asked to be Godparents to a special new little girl that entered our world last week. I was supposed to have been on hand to help her momma give birth. It was a privilege I was very excited about and anxiously looking forward to. But, sadly, the flu finally found our home and I was one of the first to fall prey.
But, Deo Gratias!, labor was fast and easy and the sweet girl arrived surrounded by her parent’s love. And then, surprisingly, we were asked to be godparents!
So I thought I’d reveiw for my readers what it means to be a Catholic godparent?
According to fisheaters.com (emphasis mine)
“In the case of children, the role of the godparent is to be that of “spiritual guardian” who takes up any “slack” in the child’s catechesis, helps ensure that his godchild learns the Faith, and prays for the godchild throughout his life. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in his Summa Theologica III-67-8:
Now it has been stated…that godparents take upon themselves the duties of a tutor. Consequently they are bound to watch over their godchildren when there is need for them to do so: for instance when and where children are brought up among unbelievers. But if they are brought up among Catholic Christians, the godparents may well be excused from this responsibility, since it may be presumed that the children will be carefully instructed by their parents. If, however, they perceive in any way that the contrary is the case, they would be bound, as far as they are able, to see to the spiritual welfare of their godchildren.
This is a very solemn obligation, not one to be entered into lightly. Parents should choose their child’s godparents very carefully and select traditional Catholics who know the Faith, understand the obligations of godparenting, and are willing and able to live up to them. Parents and godparents should work together for the goal of helping the child to know, love, and serve God! During the Rite of Baptism, the godparents will answer for the child, that is, they will make the replies to the questions asked by the priest of the one to be baptized.”
Below is the baptism of our daughter Isabella. Our priest at the time was Fr. Hewko and he gives a wonderful explanation of everything he is doing.
Please keep our new goddaughter in your prayers (name withheld for privacy).