Sunday, July 02, 2006

Trip to Atlanta

So the Missionaries have been all over the country (even other countries this summer). Right now, I am sitting in my brother's living room in Atlanta, GA. He flew me down here while the rest of the walkers are in Boston so that I could witness the baptism of my goddauther, Emma Cathleen.

It was a wonderful day, and Sacred Heart in downtown Atlanta is really beautiful.

During the ceremony, I continued to reflect on my discernment as well as the mission for this summer. I was blessed to hold the baptismal candle during the celebration of the sacrament, and it made me remember how in the bull of confirmation of the Order of Preachers, that the Dominicans were called something like the light of truth, by His Holiness. And, it was such a great honor to be the one to hold the light of truth in Emma Cathleen's baptism.

This of course made me contemplate the Theology of the Body. Being that I was holding the light of truth, I could see an outward sign (the candle) of an inner responsibility (to bring up Emma Cate in the Catholic faith). This was really amazing. By holding the candle, the Light of Christ was made visible to all, and it was through this moment that the great responsibility of bringing up children was conveyed. Without the candle, there would still be a reality that all are called to bring their children up with a sense of hope and trust in the Lord as well as right judgment and a sense of sanctity and evil. But, the presence of the candle really conveys this message to another part of man past his intellect. It brings it to his senses. The visual of a flaming wick at the end of a candle really shows something else to man both figuratively and literally. Literally we can see the flame and the candle as a representation of something greater. And that is where the figurative comes is.

This inner reality shows that something deep is occuring. The Holy Spirit's descent on Emma Cate today was marvelous, and even though we couldn't see that happening with our eyes, we know if to be true. The chrism, the holy water, and the baptismal candle are all outward signs of this inner reality.

What a wonderful thing a Catholic baptism is.

St. John the Baptist...ora pro nobis


Vicki :o) said...
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Vicki :o) said...

That is beautiful, Pat! I was praying for her baptism, and I'm glad to see that it was a very blessed day. I can't wait to see you again tomorrow! Have a safe trip back. Little Emma Cathleen is in my prayers. I'm so glad you got to go, and experience such an amazing moment in her life!

earthie said...

At a baptism I went to recently, the priest pointed out that it is at that moment that the person receives their vocation. They are a Christian! And at that moment they receive the grace which will one day manifest itself as a vowed state of life... nothin' like it :) And nothing like knowing that it's all taken care of. Thanks for sharing.

Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.