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Signs and Portents

The first night of Catechism they asked if we were baptized and if so, to provide a copy of our baptismal certificate. While the Catholic Church recognizes infant baptism and baptism by sprinkling or dunking, they only recognize it if it was done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity) as opposed to just in the name of the Father. I was baptized at the United Methodist church, so I meet the requirement, but they still needed a document for my file.

Since August I have been looking for my certificate. I first checked the “important stuff” folder where my mom keeps all the important stuff like birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc. We looked through that folder twice, but no luck. Then we went through all the folders in that drawer, various drawers, my fire safe, my drawers, my filing system, etc. Months have passed, and we are fast approaching the final month of class. Last Monday I admitted defeat, and I called my old church to ask if they could give me a copy. I didn’t want to call. Partly I was embarrassed that I lost something so important; I didn’t want them to think I didn’t value it. Mostly I was embarrassed over the possibility they would think I was rejecting their church or rejecting their beliefs. I figured they would understand that living in a different city it made more sense to attend a different church, but I thought they would expect it to be United Methodist church. I didn’t want to be judged or appear judgmental. So admitting I was joining a different church was threatening to me. I *did not* want to make that call. When I finally called, I initially phrased my question “I’ve lost my copy of my baptismal certificate, is it possible to get another?” without referencing any particular reason as to why I wanted a new copy and hoped it would be just that easy. The first question she asked in return was “Are you marrying a Catholic?” LOL! Apparently that must be their number one reason for people wanting baptismal records. I answered, “No, but I am joining the Catholic church.” So she explained they don’t keep copies of the certificate, but she could write a letter for me that would be acceptable in its place for what the Catholic church needed. I thanked her, and we made arrangements for my mom to pick it up on Wednesday on my behalf. I called my mom to let her know the plan. An hour later my mother called me back to say she found my original baptismal certificate in that “important stuff” folder. It had been there the whole time, but we overlooked it twice.

I honestly think it was a test. I have a phone phobia anyway, but adding my fears and insecurities about asking for the letter to that phobia was almost paralyzing. I think God wanted me to "get over it" and learn it was nothing to be embarrassed over. After I passed the test and made the call, God somehow opened Mom’s eyes to find the certificate that had been there all along. (Like how he hardened the hearts of the Pharaohs, except in our case it was eyes?) So I think this is a sign and a wonder. My very own sign that I am making a right choice and I should keep going. Woot!

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sarahtoalaska
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Is it terrible that I would have lied and said that I just really wanted to have a copy and couldn't find my original?

I lost mine too. The said thing about that is I also had a small cloth form my baptism too. Well, I shouldn't say I lost them, they were lost when my mom didn't pay her storage bill.
madladyred
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about the storage losses. Monkeys lost a bunch of stuff, too. Not really from the storage bill, but from people breaking (ha) into his trailer and just from weather damage in general from the holes and stuff.
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
yeah it was kind of crappy. All the stuff I had from my childhood was lost. Tons of pictures, and a copy of my dads manuscript. Which I don't think anyone even has anymore. She told me someone broke in and stole everything, but now I know she just didn't pay her bill. You think she would have figured out she wasn't going to be able to pay the bill and let us go grab the important stuff.
madladyred
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
What kind of manuscript? (If it's okay for me to ask.)

Edited at 2009-02-17 03:18 am (UTC)
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
My dad wrote a book about caves in Mo. and a bunch of kids finding a unicorn in there. (It was kind of a dinosaur unicorn. Basically meaning it looked like an original horse) It was far more complex than that but that's basically it. (He had a kickass game idea in there. It was space shooting game set in something like a motorcycle cage. You could rotate in any direction you needed to hit your target) It was actually a pretty cool story. He sent me a copy but never got it published. As he is now dead and this was not typed on a computer... I'm sure it's long gone.
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