This is the time of year when we see wide-eyed and worried people come through our door (sometimes for the first time). They have just realized that Saturday (this Saturday!) their relative/friend/neighbor/co-worker will be baptized/confirmed/received into full Catholic communion. And they have no idea what to do to commemorate an event like that in the life of an adult.
Well, this year it's kind of a no-brainer for me.
Forget the patron saint medal, the extra-nice Rosary, the four-way cross. This is the year for a missal. Not just because it's new for all of us, but because in giving a new Catholic a Sunday missal, you are giving them a tiny package with all the Scripture and prayers that they will be receiving from the Church Sunday after Sunday, Holy Day after Holy Day. You are helping them to continue their journey in the faith without the illusion that everything is finished when the chrism wears away.
Here in Chicago, Sr Frances is going to try to prepare some beautifully gift-wrapped missals for those poor souls who will duck in on Holy Saturday. Do you know anyone who might be on the receiving end this year? What are their stories?