Charlotte Louise is Ed's namesake. Many don't know that Ed's given name is Charles. He was given the honor of choosing her name on Christmas Day and doubly honored to be asked to be her Godfather. Last Sunday, Ed was definitely with us in spirit. He loved to hear Brynn Marie recite the Lord's Prayer. When we recited the Lord's Prayer, you could feel his presence. Charlotte's father, Erik, read the following from Ed's blog in December of 2012 when he became Katherine Grace's Godfather. It was so fitting and so special.... From Ed:
"Today I extend my journey in life as a god parent. I was asked to be a God parent to (Charlotte Louise) a couple of months ago. Are any of you God parents?
God parenting doesn't necessarily mean you raise the child if something happens to the parents. That was more necessary over the ages when people didn't live as long. God parenting has always meant to someone who will see to the child's upbringing in the Church, or at least the path to God. For me, that means Eternal Salvation, my prayer for every soul on earth.
"It is a known practice in the Church that every person, child or adult, should have a godparent (sponsor) at the time that they enter into the faith through Holy Baptism and Chrismation. To be a godparent is at the same time a great honor and a tremendous responsibility. God asks each godparent to assist in leading souls along the narrow path which leads to the Kingdom of Heaven. For this reason the role of the godparent is not to be minimized or trivialized. It is in fact a role that is holy and needs to be taken seriously."
I take it so seriously I questioned whether or not this was the right decision of the parents to choose me! After they went through all the reasons they chose me, I had to humbly accept their offer. What a calling! It's hard enough for me to find and follow the path to God but to help do that for a little child?
"Most of all, the greatest duty of the godparent is to pray fervently for their godchild that God will always watch over them and guide them throughout his/her life." I can do that! I pray daily if not hourly to discern God's Will and utter the words God would have me say. I pray for every one I meet as I see their needs and hear their concerns.
It is with great joy we welcome (Charlotte Louise) into this family but more importantly the family of God. My life has let me see there are two powerful sides to choose from, the side of Good and the side of evil. All of the Saints and Angels, priests and religious who have went before me chose the side I chose and we pray together for the good of all mankind.
I fervently start a new role in life today and have been practicing for a couple of months now. I never understood this role and will learn it like I do life, one day at a time.
God Bless all God Parents!
God is Good....