In August, our son Jameson Elliott was baptized into the Catholic faith.
In early September, our dear friends asked us to be the godparents to their daughter Tracy. What an honor! Tracy’s parents are the godparents to our middle child, Maddie.
The deacon who baptized Tracy made a memorable remark. Parents and godparents don’t promise to raise “good kids.” Everybody wants a good kid. At baptism, we promise to raise a child in the faith, to know and profess the faith as their own. We know what this looks like for parents. We bring our children to mass, we teach them faith-filled living through example at home, we study the Bible and the inexhaustible riches of Catholicism with our children. Parents are a child’s first teacher. But what does the godparent’s role entail? Almost all godparents are present on the big day of baptism, but a godparents’ involvement should not end there.
I am now the godmother of two dear little girls in my life (little Tracy as well as my cousin who is now eight years old). I am brainstorming ideas for meaningful involvement in their Catholic lives. One idea that I particularly like is to remember each girl’s two birthdays – their day of biological birth and their day of birth into the Body of Christ. Godparenthood is a role that I will take seriously. It is a responsibility that will involve prayer, love, and hopefully a lifelong relationship of shared faith. Maybe someday I can tell my goddaughters about my journey to the Church and the challenges and trials I experienced in the process of becoming Catholic myself.
So – who else has godchildren? What do you do to stay involved in your godchild’s life? Leave me a comment with your tips and ideas for these tiny new Catholics in our lives.