I am getting a lot of mail about my latest rant on baptism.
I enjoyed this one, especially.
Text and photo from a reader with my emphases and comments:
Good Morning Fr. Z –
Just read your rant about Baptism. I thought you might enjoy this photo of the Baptism of our 6th child, Monica Philomena. We are very blessed to know both the Archbishop and Fr. John Paul Erickson, the Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese [of Saint Paul and Minneapolis]; both celebrated the Baptism. They did a marvelous job of sticking to the Rite – straight out of the book. In fact – after the Baptism ceremony, my wife commented that there was a lack of “innovation” that she had seen in some of the other ceremonies. [Amen.] After six children of our own and countless other Baptisms we have attended, we have seen about everything.
But here is the best part – and another reason for hope.
Monica has also been the “test baby” for two different practice Baptisms at the Saint Paul Seminary. Particular attention is being paid by the instructors to following the Rite (saying the black and doing the red). One of the practice Baptisms was for those men who were to be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate. We are very blessed to have seven transitional deacons this year, and God willing, seven new priests for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis next May. Under the leadership of Archbishop Nienstedt, I am sure this trend will continue.
Great e-mail! Thanks!