When I was the Director of Family Ministry at my parish, I had the honor of going to the homes of families who were preparing to have their newborn baptized. In my humble opinion, most of us do not recognize the amazing importance of baptism. Some parents may look at is as more of a 'rite of passage' type of thing. As Catholics, we believe that we are asking the Holy Spirit to come into this infant, through our prayer and sacramental participation. In Baptism, we have given our child new life in Christ, meaning that this child is, all of a sudden, completely a child of God. The priest baptized the child "in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." And it is done. But not really. Truly, it is just beginning. I always told the families I visited: "Father baptizes our children, but who teaches them to love God? Who teaches them to love, to forgive, to pray?" Not the priest. Not the CCD teacher. We do. Thus, we become the Domestic Church...the church at home. "In sum, it is Christian parents who strive to live out their own faith, hope, and charity, the teachings of the gospel, and the imitation of Jesus Christ, who will preach in the most inspiring and lasting way to their children." (Bishop Robert Reed, Catholic Digest, Jan/Feb2018) It is the parent who goes to church on Sunday morning with his family and strives to keep his Christ-like behavior intact through the week. It is the parent who strives to respect her neighbor and serve her family through challenges and difficulties, with faith and joy. It is the grandparents who strive to hold back judgment and model the joy of the Lord and their church. It is the modelling of forgiving, praying and loving, not just talking about it. And it is authentically striving to know Jesus and follow Him.