The Importance of Sacrament Remembrance

The Baptism of the Lord (Theophanylcon)
The Baptism of the Lord (Theophanylcon)

This is a small idea, but one that was reinforced at Mass today during the Homily.

The priest said that he often has as least one person during his Marriage prep discussions call their mother1 to ask the when/where details about their Baptism. His point was that for such and important day in our lives, we know so little about it, and do so little to commemorate it.

This is another thing that PROTESTANTS do, that we as Catholics don’t. Now, before there are a million reasons thrown at me as to why it isn’t necessarily necessary2 let me just say that even conceding the unknown arguments in this vein against my premise, it still is something that we could do, and that might have some good spiritual gravity in our lives.

My wife and I for example said that we always wanted to make a “big deal” over Sacrament days, and name feast days. We have some friends that do it right, and just name their children after the “Saint of the Day” but we chickened out with our first, and with our second we chose not to go with “Saturnius.” That being said, we do celebrate the other days, and minimize overall birthdays. It isn’t so much that we don’t celebrate birthdays, we do make a “Big deal” of them to the extent we believe they should be, but we also don’t meet the standards to have our birthday celebrations meet the criteria for any reality shows.

The point I am so horribly trying to make is this: if our faith is important to us, and like the priest said today “What is better than the gift of faith, the gift of CHRIST?”, then why wouldn’t we want to focus on and emphasize those days that have spiritual importance in our lives?

So in a few days when our son’s baptism day is upon us, we will do SOMETHING, and even though our daughter’s baptism day is on another Sacrament day in our family, we will do something. We want to pass on the faith, and pass it on in a way that isn’t separate and distinct from who we are, but as an integral and everyday part of who we are.

  1. He stressed that it is ALWAYS the mother. []
  2. A little philosophical modal logic there. []
  • Mindy Goorchenko

    Protestants do a lot of this? Really? I haven’t experienced this personally.

  • Mindy Goorchenko

    In our family, we are fortunate to have received most sacraments on St. Clare’s feast day! My feeble brain can manage to remember at least that much. Even my formal transfer to the East happened on her feast. :-)

  • Laura O in AK

    I love the idea of remembering the boys’ Baptism Day. But, first I’d have to look them up for myself as it isn’t a tradition that I grew up with as a Catholic. Of the 4 boys, only one is named for the Saint of the day.