Today is a Special day for me. Mommy and Daddy quickly prepared arrangements for my Baptismal into the Catholic church which they belong. At least, if I wasn’t to make it through this next journey, a journey I am unsure of but you can see Mommy and Daddy were very uneasy to say the least about what the future holds and place their trust into the Lord to direct and guide us.
1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.
1251 Christian parents will recognize that this practice also accords with their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them.
1252 The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole “households” received baptism, infants may also have been baptized.
Saint Faustina wrote:
391 Through Holy Baptism, we entered into union with other souls. Death tightens the bonds of love. I ought always to be of help to others. If I am a good religious, I will be useful, not only to the Order, but to the whole Country as well.
So on December 21st, 2011 I entered into a special union with my Lord Jesus Christ and the members of my Church.
A Baptismal Prayer for a Special Boy
Lord, surround this child with goodness, lead him in Your light each day; Let him walk the path You’ve chosen, guide his steps along the way . Teach him to trust your wisdom and obey Your loving plan; Keep him from all harm, and protect him as he grows to be a man . -B.J. Hoff
Meet my God Parents, Ian and Barbara, they will help my parents to raise me in the Lord’s and Church’s way. They look so nice, I look forward to growing up with them in my life.
It was a special day, and several people witnessed this special event.
My Daddy shared with me this story of how things felt before and after my Baptism.
When my Parents heard the news about what would have to be done for my survival, daddy said it felt like Daddy, Mommy, Christopher and I stepped into a pitch black tunnel and as soon as we stepped in the tunnel closed. Fearful and filled with anxiety, Daddy still knew we had to move forward. His strength and ambition to move forward allowed us at first to take baby steps into the dark abyss ever-moving slowly forward. On this journey, friends and family along the way would step forward and never left us which gave Daddy further strength and comfort. As our group grew so did our steps follow and became larger and larger with confidence. When I was baptized, Daddy felt he could see the end of the tunnel for there was a glimmering single flamed candle so distant but still standing out from the pure darkness that surrounded it. If you too, feel lost and scared, surround yourselves as well with friends and loved ones and pray as well that the Lord will guide you to the end of the tunnel.