Thursday, April 14, 2011

Celebrating Baptism and New Life


Our little flower celebrated her baptismal birthday yesterday, April 13. 

We try to carve out a special moment on those days to remember and reflect the beauty of new life that we each received with our baptism. 

It has been ten years for Ester and I can clearly remember the details of her special day.  It was a very intimate celebration since Ester was very, very sick and we had to keep her out of the public as we waited for surgery. 

Our closest "family" in the vicinity were our dear neighbors Charles and Eleanor.  We asked them to proxy in for Ester's Godparents...and we were blessed that they agreed to.  So it was our priest, Fr. Pat Cahill (who died within a couple of months from lung cancer...and never told anyone how ill he was till the end...never complaining while watching over his flock), David, Sally, Ester, Charles, Eleanor and myself.

Going through her sacrament box, looking over baptismal cards from family and friends, we also found this special candle...





Isn't it beautiful?  My mother brought this bees wax candle with her when she came to help celebrate Ester's First Holy Communion two years ago.  We wrapped it up and saved it, only to look at it on each baptismal birthday. 

Two very special candles for two very special moments.

Ester's love for the rosary, her desire for the Holy Eucharist, and her childhood innocence has always drawn me to the image of Our Lady of Innocence.



Isn't she beautiful?

As a First Communion gift, a dear friend of mine had given Ester a rosary holder with this image of Our Lady on the top.  It is treasured dearly by Ester.

For her special day yesterday, we gave Ester an (8x10 $10)  inexpensive, framed copy. And she loved it.  How can one not?

We started the tradition of celebrating baptismal birthdays some years back after reading about the suggestion in a Catholic magazine.  And I'm so glad that we did.  You know, one of the great things about traditions is that it is never too late to start a new one.

~ Patty ~

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Great tradition, we have never done this before. I love learning about different things families do.

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  2. That is one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. Stunning.
    You've got such great traditions with your kids!

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  3. What a sweet post filled with lovely blessings. I have seen that image of Our Lady but never heard the name...love it! (Especially love your connection to her)

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