No doubt about it, it’s been a long time between posts!
The greatest joys that have befallen me during this time away have been requests to become Godfather to not one, but two terrific little boys, Raphael and Christopher. I have known these two wonderful little chaps’ families for quite some time, and it’s an honour and privilege to enter a deeper relationship with them.
The position of Godfather (sounds like it should come with a job-description, maybe the word, role is better!), was given freely and, in my two cases, as a complete, joy-filled surprise. Thus, it affirms my standing and reputation with two sets of parents, who believe I have the necessary virtues and other qualities to help bring up their two sons in the Spiritual Life.
Being a Godfather encourages me to not despair when things may seem rough, but to know that, to some degree, two other humans depend on my presence, even to a small extent, for their well-being. Nothing gives me greater pride or provides more reassurance when times, if times are a bit tough.
Traditional roles such as Godparent, taken seriously and bestowed thoughtfully, not as a token gesture, are a way of recognising the virtues and ability to contribute of people whom modern society may discounts or even ignores. Such roles would affirm the place in society of those lacking in attributes that the modern, materialistic culture currently “values”.
So, finally, heres to Raphael and Christopher! This one is for you. Long may you live, love and be loved.