I Knew Him in the Womb…
I just had to share with all of you the most amazing story of a young man that I know. Patrick Sewak is all of six years old, nearing seven. He is an extraordinary young man filled with virtue, and blessed by God; destined to become God’s servant. He is raised by his wonderful mother, Meris, and by his grandparents Mark and Bernadette.
Patrick is “different” from the average child, and I say that in a good way. He yearns to attend daily Mass with his grandmother. At home he “plays Mass.” This child knows the Eucharistic Prayer of Consecration at six years old! He has been assisting at Mass, as an altar server, since he was three years old. No one can ring the bells better than Patrick! He’s got the flick of the wrist down pat. He is astute; but more so, he is virtuous. Patrick is gentle, kind, loving, caring, humble, pious, respectful, grateful, and faithful.
I have known Meris and her parents for about fifteen years now. So I can honestly say that I knew Patrick when he was in Meris’ womb. I was in attendance to share in his Baptism.
Today, Patrick is so aware and knowledgeable, so filled with wisdom and understanding, that he was granted special permission to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at the age of six!
Sacrament of Reconciliation
I happened to pull up into the Church parking lot this past Wednesday afternoon, when Patrick was heading in to his First Confession. He wasn’t nervous one bit. On the contrary; he was so excited, that Bernadette and I could hear him signing in the rest room of the Church, as we spoke for a few minutes, before his appointment with the priest. So, I was there for his First Confession too.
First Holy Communion
This past Saturday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patrick received his First Holy Communion. I was present to share in this extraordinary event, as were many other well wishers. Patrick was so joyful! You could literally see the Light of Christ shining from his gleaming face!
Afterwards, as the party wound down, my husband and I were ready to leave. We said our goodbyes, to his mom and grandparents, but we saw that Patrick and his friends were busy running around having fun. So I decided not to interrupt them and we began exiting the party. Patrick saw we were leaving and, on his own, came running up to me, shouting my name. He wanted to personally thank me for coming to be a part of this day. He gave me a big hug! Now that’s a child who knows a lot about the virtue of gratitude!
So, I was there for the Baptism, First Confession, and First Holy Communion. God willing, I will be there for Patrick’s Confirmation, and maybe, just maybe, his ordination to the priesthood. If so, then I would be honored and blessed one day to receive the Anointing of the Sick from Father Patrick as I leave this life for eternal life with Christ. For, I knew him in the womb, and would be graced to have him in my life, for the remainder of my life, here on earth.
My wish is that Patrick continues to grow in virtue; to be that shining Christ-like example for adults and children alike. I pray that he remains under Mary’s protection and grows in wisdom, knowledge and understanding of his faith. I also pray that he never loses that child-like trust in Jesus. May God bless my treasured friend, Patrick Sewak.