This is a preview of my July post for NOLA CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE:
I’m not really into keeping up with Hollywood, though I do have two kids – a teen and a “twenty-something” to keep me informed of interesting developments in the entertainment world. Take, for instance, the birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby girl in mid June. Though, I should not have been surprised, I confess that I really didn’t see it coming – “North West” – the name given the precious little girl. Well, I guess it is novel – unique to say the least! Maybe it’s cool in Hollywood to have very unusual names. I’m thinking… Apple, Olive and Blanket… all children of noted celebrities. Hmmm.
Naming a child – one of the greatest gifts that God can bestow upon a married couple – is not a task to be taken lightly. Rather, in my opinion, it is something to be committed to frequent prayer. I often wonder how many couples ask God what He would like His child to be named. I admit that my husband and I did not pray about naming our first child at all. We were young and somewhat self-centered about the whole thing. We wanted a baby, and conceived that first time quite easily. In that respect, I suppose, we took our fertility and the gift of life for granted. We decided that the child would be a “junior” if a boy, or Erin (the name of one of my students who was smart, beautiful and sweet) if a girl. We didn’t consult God on the matter at all.
Over the years, our spirituality grew, as our parenting experience grew. When, after great difficulty, we became pregnant for our second child (seven years later after much prayer and pleading), I began to pray about a name for this miracle growing inside of me. Unbelievably, I had a dream…
For the rest of the story, read my July post for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. (I will let you know when the article is posted:)