In the Bible the concept of fatherhood is not restricted to just our earthly fathers and God. It is used to refer to people other than biological or legal fathers, and is used as a sign of respect to those with whom we have a special relationship.
We believe there are MANY postures that people can use when they pray. At Mass, our different postures show various stances of reverence, conscience that we are in the presence of God. We perform these postures during Mass to awaken us to and then honor the divine that we find in one another and in creation, that we might reverence the presence of God beyond the church walls.
We now call it "reconciliation" because "confession" is only a part of the sacrament, and not the most important part. Reconciliation is what Jesus does . "It is the gift of God's forgiveness and the removal of the barriers we place between ourselves, our community and our God."
The sponsor, commonly referred to as one’s godmother or godfather, accepts the responsibility of helping the person grow in the Catholic faith. One who acts as a sponsor for an infant or child agrees to help the parents teach the child about the faith and how to live as a practicing Catholic. A sponsor for an adult agrees to encourage and support the person, pray with and for the person, and offer whatever help, information, or support is needed while the person is preparing to enter the church and then is living out the rest of his or her life as a practicing Catholic.
Therefore, a sponsor must be fully initiated (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), and lives in a way that demonstrates that one’s faith is strong enough to be able to fulfill the responsibilities involved with being a sponsor. A sponsor who is married must be married in the church.
At the time of the Vatican II Council, people wishing to be Catholic had a six-week course of study with a priest and were baptized. The Church realized we needed to do a better job. Today catechumens have a one-year process for acceptance into the Church. The result is new members of the Body of Christ who are better educated in the facts of the faith, but more importantly, have lived an experience of parish community, ministry and responsibility. The catechumens have learned that being Catholic is not a spectator sport. It requires our time, talent, and treasure. Those of us who are cradle Catholics may need to remind ourselves of that on occasion, and to remember to be a model to the catechumens.
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