Godchildren are a Blessing: How to
Children are a gift from the LORD; they
are a reward from Him. - Psalm 123:3
Role is Very Important
a Godparent is
an important job not to be taken lightly. Your precious child is
you to pick the right Godparents. Many people believe that being a
a “title” only. They behave as if they are accepting an award and when
Baptism is over, the award ceremony is over too. This is tragic for the
child who is then neglected by the “Godparents”.
parents need to
prevent this from happening by making sure they select a Spiritually
person in the Catholic Faith. This person needs to understand what a
role is. In other words, when a person takes on the commitment of being
Godparent, they should understand that it is one of the most meaningful
important responsibilities will ever be asked to undertake. Being a
is a tremendous honor and responsibility and should be taken very
Should You Think About When Selecting a Godparent?
When you choose a person to be
your child’s Godparent there are several things you should think about.
are only a few factors to take into account. Perhaps you can think of
will help you make your decision.
- Does the prospective candidate
regularly? Also, are they in good standing with the Church?
- Is this person someone you see as a
Model? In other words do they behave in a Christian manner at all times?
- If this person is a family member,
currently living as a good Catholic or are you hoping that they will
become a good Catholic in the future?
- Are you being
pressured by family
choose someone just because they are related to you (mom, dad, or
This usually doesn’t turn out to be a good long-term Godparent unless
#1, 2, and 3 above.
- Does this person have
the Godparent Candidate
you feel that you
have carefully considered the candidate then you should interview them
you invite them to be the Godparent. Remember it is better to find out
information and not be sorry later.
the candidate that it is
important to you
that they take an active role in the child’s life. Make sure they
that you want them to be involved.
- Ask them if they will take a
spiritual role in
the child’s life. Will they pray for the child and be a Spiritual
- Make sure that they are excited and
taking on this responsibility. If the person feels obligated rather
excited, they are not the right person.
- Remember that
then the child might be left without a participating Godparent. Discuss
ramifications of the Godparent moving or becoming distant. Make sure
understand this is a lifetime commitment.
- Make sure that they
a monetary commitment
is not necessary. The Godchild doesn’t need gifts, but the Godchild
prayers, cards, phone calls, and love.
are only a few
suggestions in helping you to choose a Godparent. Remember, the Church
allow you to replace a Godparent if it doesn’t work out. Make
sure you put a lot of thought into this
decision. Most importantly, put a lot of prayer into this decision! Ask
Lord and the Blessed Mother to help you select the best Godparent for
precious gift from God!
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