Just like the Duchess of Cambridge before her, Meghan Markle will be baptized prior to her wedding according to The Telegraph. Her future Grandmother-in-law is The Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
I trust – as I trust with every baptism – that this sacrament will be more of a spiritual experience than a cursory hoop jump. To be honest, all of us who present either ourselves or our children for baptism, have no idea what the future holds for us spiritually. Baptism is an act of faith and grace. The hope is that everyone comes to the font with the intention of keeping the vows we make there – just as we hope that all couples keep the vows they’ll make on their wedding day. But we who believe that baptism is a sacrament (and marriage is not) take those vows especially seriously.
I am craving authenticity more than ever these days. I want our entertainment personalities to be who they seem to be. I expect our political leaders to be respectful and honorable. I want to believe that those who take baptismal vows and confirmation vows and ordination vows have every intention of keeping those promises. We all fall short of the glory of God. But we can do better.
May the Holy Spirit fall upon Ms. Markle in the weeks and months to come in ways that bring wonder and newfound purpose into her life. And may Mr. Lauer, Mr. Rose, Mr. Franken, Mr. Weinstein, Mr. O’Reilly, Mr. Moore, Mr. CK, Mr. Trump, Mr. Spacey, Mr. Halperin, Mr. Fish, Mr. Cosby, Mr. Castellano, Mr. Blackwell, Mr. Wieseltier, Mr. Wenner, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Landesman, Mr. Price, Mr. Oreskes, Mr. Thrush, Mr. Webster, Mr. Keillor and thousands of others discover who they really are and who they were created to be.
Image of the baptismal font is St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle made of Coade stone (circa 1790)
To your last paragraph I reply, “Absolutely and amen.”