Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Claimed for Christ!
In the Catholic church, we are baptized as infants. I was taught that a major reason for this is because it shows us that God chooses us as His own before we EVER have that capacity to chose Him. It was also compared with His choosing Mary as the mother of Jesus before she had made the choice to say yes to being His mother.
On Sunday, Therese was baptized, and one thing the priest said before he anointed her with Chrism was "I claim you for Christ" and he made the sign of the cross on her forehead. Yes, I cried when he said that. Then he said, "This child is no longer yours" and proceeded to remind us that our children are gifts from God to love as He calls us to do and to bring them up in the way of faith. No easy task I'm seeing. We had a lot of friends and family there to experience this beautiful and very important sacrament in Therese's life. So, as we said after the baptism, "SHE'S IN!"
Posted by Kate Dawson