Baptism

Baptism

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.

7QTs: The Easter Edition

7QTs The Easter Edition Talking about family1. Good Friday

I mentioned last week how much I had been looking forward to attending the Easter ceremonies, but was realising that plans would change with a baby! We were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Stations of the Cross at the Cathedral. It was beautifully done, with a small choir singing meditative Taizé chants every few stations. I spent quite a few Easters in Taizé, an ecumenical community of brothers  in a village in France known for its beautiful simple songs, so this struck a chord with me and was really special.

Easter Vigil Black Abby Kilkenny Talking About Family2. Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is my favourite Mass of the liturgical year. The gathering outside by the Paschal fire, the processing into church, lighting our candles from the one flame, the Exultet, the Old Testament readings, the Gloria, the bells, the Risen Christ! What a joyous celebration! He is risen! Alleluia!

Easter Cake Talking About Family Coffee cake3. Easter Sunday (and cake!)

We spent Easter Sunday en famille with my parents. As well as Easter eggs, and an Easter lamb for Baby T, we had Easter cake! This cake deserves a 7QTs mention because its actually the first cake I have ever baked! It was a dry run for baby’s first birthday later this month, but it turned out well. Everyone seemed quite surprised by how nice it tasted. I credit Delia Smith and her idiot-proof recipe! Thanks, Delia! (As an aside, did you know that as well as being a legendary English cook, she is a major shareholder at Norwich F.C., is Catholic, and has written Advent and Lenten reflection books? What a woman!)

st bridgid cross handmade hoop art4. Baptism gift

This week I have been working on an embroidered St Brigid’s cross. It’s a baptism gift for a little girl.

5. Sowing seeds

I have black fingers. Despite this, every year, I get excited about growing vegetables. Every year, I give it a go. This year, I’ve kicked off the seed-sowing season with some rocket salad and spring onions in containers, and beetroot on the window ledge. No point putting a photo here. Nothing to see! Watch this space!

6. Date Night

Usually the weather in Ireland is pretty cloudy, grey, windy, wet and cold in this part of the world. However, this last week has seen temperatures rise to a sweltering 18 degrees Celsius! Phew! We celebrated with an impromptu date night; I picked my husband up from work and we drove to Ireland’s answer to Miami Beach- Tramore! Seriously though, it was nice to do something different after work, to enjoy the weather, go for a walk, have a meal. After becoming new parents, date night went out the window. Now our little one is nearly a year old, and we are beginning to get the hang of this parenting thing, we have no excuse! Date night is back on the calender! Yey!

7. Book Shopping

liquid love meg meeker md fatal misconception

A couple of books for my course and one for me! I am really excited about all of them. Liquid Love is about human relationships, how traditional bonds are changing and the liquidity with which these new bonds can be tied and untied. Fatal Misconception is a very interesting read about the struggle to control the world’s population. And, for some light reading, I bought The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. I often hear Dr Meg Meeker on Ave Maria Radio. She is a Catholic wife, mother and pediatrician, so I am really looking forward to reading one of her books.

How was your Easter?

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