The word itself may seem old-fashioned or outdated, but the tradition of godparenting continues through the years because it really isn't any of those things. It is a powerful opportunity to change the world, one child at a time. And now you have been asked to be a godparent perhaps for the first time, perhaps for yet another.
What will be expected of you at the ceremony? What will be your role in the lives of your new godchild and his or her parents? In a world that sorely lacks for real heroes and heroines, you have the opportunity to become one for your godchild. Perhaps this little book can help you on that way.
The Gift of Godparents explains the practice of godparenting in the Catholic Church and gives advice to godparents trying to do their job appropriately, consistently and creatively.
You are a gift. May God bless your efforts.
Tom Sheridan is a veteran writer and editor. In addition to a long career at the Chicago Sun-Times, he is also the former editor and general manager of publications for the Archdiocese of Chicago. An ordained deacon, he is the author of many books, including The Gift of Baptism and The Gift of Godparents.