With all my "I'll never get married" childish whining in yesterday's post, God, the Father of Mercy, still decided to bless me with with the chance to say "I do".
At today's Easter Mass, there was the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises, with the chance for me to again, publicly proclaim my love with several "I do's". In my heart I know that I would have said the marital promise with the same confidence and conviction, but also am I aware that there is a higher marriage, and we are the undeserving bride to the ultimate Bridegroom.
Do you reject sin,
so as to live in the freedom of God's children?
Lord, all I want to is live in the freedom you offer me.Do you reject the glamor of evil,
I want to reject the unloving choices I have made,
and the sinful failures to love anywhere in my life.
I reject all injustice,
all that disrespects the dignity of all human life
and refuse to be mastered by sin?
Lord, I admit that some evil has a hold on me:Do you reject Satan,
it is attractive, it has such powerful rewards,
it has become a habitual way for me to be myself.
Lord, I renew my commitment this day
to turn from that evil
and from letting any disordered attachment,
any empty promises master me,
and try to separate me from you.
By this promise, I commit myself
to greater courage in acting justly
and refusing to let unjust systems and structures
numb my conscience or dull my heart.
father of sin and prince of darkness?
Lord, as I renew my the promisesDo you believe in God, the Father almighty,
that accompany my becoming one with you
in the baptism of dying to sin and rising to life,
I know that an Enemy tries to
tempt me to sin and to many dark patterns,
I now promise to you,
and to my sisters and brothers
who depend upon my fidelity,
that I renew my commitment
to reject that Enemy,
and all his ways of subverting
your reign and the coming of your kingdom.
creator of heaven and earth?
Lord, you made me and give me life every day.Do you believe in Jesus Christ,
I believe in you, I turn to you,
and I place my life,
and the graces I need each day,
in your loving hands.
his only Son, our Lord,
who was born of the Virgin Mary,
was crucified, died, and was buried,
rose from the dead,
and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Jesus, my Lord and Savior,
my life is in your hands.
I believe in you, I turn to you,
I commit myself to growing closer to you,
placing myself with you,
in love - compassionate, self-sacrificing love -
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting?
Holy Spirit of Jesus,God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus promised not to leave us orphans.
I so desire to be enkindled with
the fire of your love,
that I might be renewed in courage.
I believe in and renew my commitment to
your work among us.
I want to contribute to the unity that you desire for us.
I promise to be as merciful,
for I have known your mercy.
And I pledge to live my life each day on this earth,
full of faith in the resurrection Jesus gained for me.
has given us a new birth
by water and the Holy Spirit,
and forgiven our sins.
May God also keep us faithful
to our Lord Jesus Christ
for ever and ever.
this year's journey to the waters of baptism
has renewed me.
I have come to know more intimately
the complexity of my weakness
and the depths of your love for me.
By your grace, I have come to experience
the mystery of the gift of life you offer.
Please help me to remain free and faithful
that I might grow as a servant of
Jesus' own mission.
I ask this with growing faith in the name of
Jesus, my Lord.