What's the most important day of a Christian's life? Some might say, the day he or she was born. Others might say, the day he or she was married. The most important day for a Christian is the day he or she was baptized. This weekend, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Let's pause a moment this weekend and reflect on our own baptisms.
If you're like me, I don't remember the day, as I was only fifteen days old. I was baptized on September 4, 1965. OK, I just gave away my age! I was blessed with two great parents and two wonderful godparents.
My godfather, pictured above, is retired Marine Colonel Richard Klinker. Growing up, he was one of my heroes. As a helicopter pilot, he had the honor of flying President Ronald Reagan in Marine One for eight years. I always liked to name drop to my friends that my godfather flew the president. I most value the excellent example of being a Catholic that he's been. At every step throughout my life, he has been there for me, often times not physically, but always with a card to remember the special moments.
My godmother, also pictured above, is my aunt Linda Defosse. She was a stay at home parent. After her children were grown, she spent several years as a nursing home activity director. Always busy, see she's wearing a hat as part of her "Red Hat" ladies group in the picture above. She is a very traditional Catholic so I have to watch my step around her. I've been inspired all these years as she places her faith first and foremost in her life.
On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, ask yourselves these questions...
- Do you know the date of your baptism? If not, find it out and start celebrating it like you do your birthday.
- Why did your parents pick the godparents they did for you? What qualities in the faith were they hoping that you would emulate?
- If you are a godparent to someone, how about writing them a letter, emailing or picking up the phone to connect with them?