Do you remember your baptism? Cradle Catholics, like me, have no memory of this special day, when they were initiated into the Catholic Church.

Last year, I gained a new perspective on baptism when my daughter, Teresa, was baptised. The joy I felt on that day will stay with me forever. Words cannot describe the happiness I felt in my heart. As the holy water trickled over her newborn head, my baby was being born anew through the sacrament of Baptism.  She entered the gateway to life in the Spirit and became a member of the body of Christ.

Through her baptism, Teresa now bears a permanent and lasting spiritual mark on her soul. This mark reveals that she belongs to Christ. Because of this, baptism cannot be repeated, even if she should choose to convert to another Christian denomination. Through her baptism in the universal Church, Teresa is now a daughter of God.

Jesus instructs us;

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matt 28:19-20)

With baptism comes great responsibility for parents, godparents and family. The Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium, exhorted believers with the universal call to holiness. When Pope Benedict XVI visited the UK, he reminded a gathering of school children of God’s desire for them to be holy. Benedict invited the children to become saints of the twenty-first century.

Our job as parents, godparents, grandparents, aunties, sisters, spiritual mothers and friends is to hold our childrens’ hands tightly on the path to holiness; teach them, provide them with role models and above all, to pray with them and pray for them, that they may one day be welcomed into the loving embrace of their heavenly Father, hearing those longed-for words: “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

This post is part of the Blessed Is She link-up.

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