Once more, with feeling, part two

Baptism fontA child’s wonder at receiving a sacrament can jump-start a ho-hum adult faith.

“In the weeks leading up to my daughter’s first communion, she was so focused on it,” says Bethany, mother of two. “At first I thought maybe it was about the dress, but it was really about her true belief that Christ was coming to her in a way she had not experienced before. She saw it as a tremendous privilege. I hadn’t been thinking very much about going to communion before that, and she moved me from taking it for granted to appreciating it.”

Tom and Sally’s little Katie and baby Michael are now in sixth and third grade respectively, and they’ve each received two more sacraments in addition to baptism. Sally explains that while she sometimes wishes her own faith life included more “lightning bolt” moments, she understands that is not the way God usually works. This makes her appreciate the sacraments all the more.

“There are moments in my life that come closer than others to the lightning bolt level,” Sally says. “I see the sacraments as an opening in just this way, a window in time where the veil between heaven and earth is blown aside. The trick is in feeling that, in stepping outside of the details, the pressures, and the everyday bits of life that cloud our vision. I’m hoping that practice makes it more possible to do this.”   (Part one appeared here)

—by Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2012 Best in Class award from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past three years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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