Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
Cecilia and Felicity's Godfather reads the first reading and the psalm.
James and Cecilia as Father reads the Baptism promises.
Teresa after having the water poured on her head and just before she is anointed with the Chrism Oil.
Teresa's Godfather, who is no shorty, lighting the Baptismal Candle. I think Msgr. got the jumbo size this year.
Father, Me holding Teresa, James holding Elizabeth, and Felicity. Cecilia is hiding behind me.
James holding Elizabeth, Father, Me holding Teresa, Teresa's Godmother Susan holding Felicity, and Teresa's Godfather John.
Felicity, Cecilia, Gerard and Therese. Gerard and Therese are the children of my oldest friend whom I have known since Kindergarten.
The kids all got along so wonderfully. They wanted to sit together, eat together and play together.
Elizabeth with a priceless expression.
Great Grandma holding Teresa with Great Grandpa tickling her.
Absolute sweetheart Eddie and his daddy Neil, a fellow CUA student.
The girls are eagerly awaiting the cutting of the cake. Such primo seats made it easier for them to get seconds too.
Godmother Susan with her boys, all enjoying cake.
Godmother Susan, Teresa and Susan's daughter Katrina.
Susan's daughter Katrina holding Teresa.
It was a very long and busy day, but a very wonderful day. Teresa Marie was baptized. "I claim you for Christ." I was struck when Father read these words of the Baptismal Rite. Before we are claimed for Christ, who are we claimed for? Given original sin, the answer to that wouldn't be pretty. But when he said she was claimed for Christ, I realized, she isn't just mine. She belongs to Christ. Of course I am my daughters' mother no matter what. Even in Heaven I will still be their mother. But they aren't mine. They belong to Christ and with their Baptism, Christ commissions their father, godparents and me to be sure to return them to Him in Heaven. (No pressure!) It is a good thing He gives us so much help to get us all there. :)
God Bless You, Teresa Marie!