Today was such a cool day for the Church. Two recent popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, were officially recognized as saints. It’s neat to know that I was in the presence of a saint (JPII) while he lived on earth!
Mark and I have decided on the name John for our baby boy due to arrive in about ten weeks. There were a few names we liked (all very predictable and Catholic), but couldn’t really settle on one. Mark had listened to a priest give a talk on stewardship, and he showed me part of the talk on DVD. When talking about hospitality, the priest spoke of the importance of names, and shared how he got his name. His parents were married on December 27th, the feast day of St John the Evangelist, and they decided they’d name their firstborn son John. Well, this priest was their firstborn son, and he loves his name. It means “God is gracious”. After watching that little talk, and thinking more, we decided on John.
Turns out St John XXIII’s feast day is going to be October 11th, which is our wedding anniversary. Seems very appropriate!
Also, as a fun side story, another major reason we leaned towards that name is because of the Archbasilica of St John Lateran in Rome. Our daughter Clare is named for St Clare of Assisi (where there is a basilica dedicated to her), and while our daughter Mary is named that for a myriad of reasons, we have also been to the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome. It would be pretty cool to have all our kids named for basilicas or churches that we have been to, and could take them to visit when they are older, right?