CHOOSING A GODPARENT
Someone who can be trusted to maintain a long term relationship with the child; is a practicing Catholic with a deep faith; knows Catholic doctrines and understands the Sacrament of Baptism; enjoys a prayer life; is spiritual in his words and actions; is prepared to guide the godchild towards salvation; enjoys stability in his life; has a high moral character; enjoys patience and can relate to a child; would be an exemplary model role.
The parents of a child to be baptized have the Christian obligation to choose godparent(s) that are sincere in their lifetime commitment.
My mother chose as my Godparents her first cousin Isabel Lazo Alba and her husband Elpidio Alba.
My Godfather died when I was very young and it was up to my Godmother to fulfill these tasks as well as being a widow with five children to raise.
I was blessed to have an ongoing relationship with “Mi Madrina” though my parents and I lived miles away in Houston.
Many fond memories of visiting her and my cousins in Fort Worth and they with us in Houston are with me to this day.
The birth of my first child brought her to Houston to visit me. How I had prayed that my mother were here to see her grandchild and how happy I was that my Godmother was here to see him for her. It brought great joy to my heart.
Let's not forget all the little treasures she would bestow upon me whenever I would visit or vice versa.
Ma always found time for me and when she wasn't able to locate me by phone or mail she entrusted her eldest daughter to fulfill some of her Godmother duties.
Rachel was her “helper”. After the passing of my beloved mother, Rachel always kept up with me no matter where I moved to in Houston, she would locate me. Rachel would visit me bringing her children and we would have great fun.
Yes “Ma”, you definitely fulfilled your Godparent role through you and through your daughter. How could I ever thank you when you took me in 16yrs ago with a newborn and 5yr old. I had no where to go and you gave me shelter. You gave me great cousins who were always there to make sure the boys and I were OK and to keep in touch.
Even the night I found out of your passing you were watching and guiding me. I tossed and turned all night with dreams of you and my mother. I couldn't wait to call Rachel as it had been a few years I had done so. Thank you for this reunion with my family. Yes, “Mi Madrina”, You have fulfilled your obligations as a faithful servant of God of your Godparent role in my life. I love you and I will miss you! Until I see you and mom again waiting for me at the pearly gates!
Your God Daughter