It's true. We have always celebrated Baptismal Days in my family. I have loved this tradition in my family and I have been excited sharing this with my own children...and soon my own little Godson, Evan, who will be baptized in November!
For as long as I can remember (and to this day), my own Godparents have celebrated this special day with a special gift or dinner out (when I am in Colorado!). My parents call me each year on July 13th to wish me a happy Baptismal Day and I am forever thankful for their decision in having me brought up in this Faith! Why celebrate? Because it's a big deal...we celebrate the day we were welcomed into God's family, the Church; the day we were wiped clean of original sin - a beautiful thing!
So...we carry on the tradition. Greg and I buy our children a Veggie Tales CD or DVD or book to celebrate their special day with another uplifting way to build their faith and to help them learn the love of God! So, I thought to myself...why not do a blog update on Greg's spiritual life as we celebrate his special day today!
*Greg attends Mass with us each Sunday. He spends the Liturgy of the Word in the nursery, and we go down and get him before Communion to have him walk down and receive his blessing with us!
*On the way to Communion, he always looks at Jesus on the cross and blows him a kiss...melt my heart!
*Greg loves to pray before meals...in fact we say grace at least 3 times each night at dinner.
*He says AMEN when we end our prayers. On retreat last weekend, Nancy was praying and Greg shouted Amen several times...it was awesome...and I was proud! :-)
*He thinks all water is Holy Water. He takes it and puts in on his chest (his way of making the sign of the cross) and says Amen! :-)
*Greg knows every picture and cross with Jesus in our house! He call him "GEE". He also knows that Mary is Jesus' Mommy. He call her "Ma!"
*Greg says evening prayers with Mommy and Daddy and Maria...but most times, our bed time prayer is after dinner, before Greg goes to work! Even our evening prayer is traditional. It is the same prayer my Godmother (GAR) used with her kids. I remember praying with them each night I was in Colorado as they grew up. When I pray this prayer with my own children I cannot help but see Eryn and Mark as little 4 and 5 year olds in my head. It goes like this:
Dear Jesus. Thank you for my wonderful life. Keep us safe and healthy, always. Help Daddy at work. Keep Uncle Jonathan safe. Help us get a good night's sleep. We love you, Jesus. Night, Night, Jesus. Amen.
Happy Baptismal Day, little man! We love you. We are proud of you.