A letter to Elin Faith: reflecting on baptism

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IMG_6813Dearest Elin Faith,

Last Sunday you were dressed in a long white gown with satin, lace and pearls. Water was poured, oil smeared and words spoken: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

You have become God’s beloved daughter—an identity granting you the highest dignity and the greatest beauty. I pray you will claim your identity each day for the rest of your life. I pray you will allow God’s beauty to shine through you in kindness, compassion and love for each person you meet. And I pray you will remember this divine identity, especially when you hear a cutting remark, fall short in love or experience a devastating loss.

I pray you will understand God loves you unconditionally and beyond compare. God has created you, Miss Elin Faith, for a special purpose. Never be afraid of God’s calling, for building the kingdom of God is the great adventure of life and God’s grace will surely lead the way.

With the sacrament of baptism, your life will not be your own—you belong to Christ. You will learn that discipleship demands carrying your cross and pouring yourself out for others. In the journey, you will discover that by giving we receive, and by dying to selfishness, we begin to live—really live.

I pray you will put Jesus before all—above all. He must come first because he is the source of all love and light. With his light, all others lights glow brighter. With faith, the world expands as we notice God’s shimmering presence in even the most ordinary.

In baptism, you are called to sainthood. Rely on the Holy Spirit, the source of all wisdom, and you will surely grow in love, mercy and heroic virtue. Be close to those who will bring you closer to Jesus. Stay close to Jesus, especially in times of darkness. Cling to the cross—and the resurrection. Carry hope in your heart. Be willing to forgive. Be humble. Be good. Be true to yourself.

With the sacrament of baptism, we welcome you into the body of Christ. Elin, you are never alone. We are all here for you. All the saints in heaven (your great grandmothers and grandfathers) and on earth are praying for you and cheering you onto the finish line.

Elin Faith, you are absolutely beautiful—inside and out (even at your young age you exhibit a sweet spirit). I pray you will live according to your given name—a life of faith. I wish you the absolute BEST of life—love, happiness, peace and joy—Jesus. Always remember, you are God’s beloved daughter—loved, accepted and perfect—in whom he is well pleased.

I promise you my love and my prayers ~ always and forever.




This story is provided courtesy of The Witness, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.