Growing up as the seventh of nine children and the child of a father who owned a prominent business in the community, Paprocki Pharmacy, I had a name to live up to. My siblings had set the bar high as far as their achievements in school, and so I was reminded, on more than one occasion by teachers, that my less-than-stellar performance or behavior was not what they expected from a Paprocki! As I matured, I learned that my family name was something to be proud of, and I have always taken strides to bring honor to that name.
In Baptism, each of us takes on the name of Jesus Christ: we become Christian and, throughout our lives, we are called to live every moment of every day “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This means living up to a name that stands for compassion, mercy, selfless love, forgiveness, and so many other virtues that Jesus modeled for us during his earthly ministry. During this Holy Week, may we commit ourselves to living “in the name of the Lord.”