Baptisim, Communion and Confirmation – A conversation with Jose Lisi

Just to keep things interesting, I thought I’d take this week off from writing and share with you a video interview post with a friend of mine, Jose Lisi.

I met Jose less than a year ago but have gotten to know him and his family pretty well over these few months. And I was lucky enough to attend his Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation ceremony here in Southern California.

It was quite the ceremony and naturally, I had a few hundreds of questions about Jose’s experience and why he was going through this process now.

If you have five minutes, take a listen.

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  1. This is very interesting to me, Vishnu. I’m a Catholic – baptised soon after birth and had my First Communion at age 5, and was confirmed at age 7. It wasn’t until several years later that I began to appreciate my faith in a much more personal way.
    Just recently, my cousin’s son was ordained as a priest and another cousin’s wife, a Sindhi Hindu, married in the Church but not converted, decided after 30 odd years of marriage to become a Catholic.
    However, of late, I’m more inclined to go with the spiritual rather than the religious/ rituals of my faith. I wonder what Jose (incidentally, my husband’s name!) feels about this.

    1. Thanks for your comments Corinne. SOmetimes, we really have no idea about our faith and traditions until we’re a little older. And sometimes, not sure about the faith that we grew up in that we convert to other faiths or traditions.

      Interestingly enough, I’m going over more from the spiritual side of my faith towards the religious/ritualistic practices. That’s why was so curious about Jose’s journey and I did this interview. I’ve put a call into Jose to share his thoughts and will update when I hear more.

  2. Excellent interview, Vishnu! Understanding our religious roots and the reason we engage in particular practices is so important. I’m happy for your friend, Jose!
    Blessings to you!

    1. HI Martha – yes, I think that’s one of the reasons and benefits of doing this later in life – you actually know why you’re doing what you’re doing:) I’m very happy for Jose, his family and his Grandma! who inspired him to take these steps now in life.

  3. I received Baptism after birth, like BS Corinne; the Holy Eucharist at 7 and Confirmation at 15.

    I’ve recently witnessed one of my Satur-dates Baptism. She was very happy to receive it. I’m also glad Jose received the Sacraments of Initiation on Easter, one of my little ones didn’t make it. But we’ll prepare him for the next.

    Congratulations Jose, may you grow more in faith and love.

    Thanks for sharing this Vishnu, it’s very inspiring.

    1. Thanks for sharing your path and journey of your faith, Melissa. And for the well-wishes for Jose.

      I did read about the Baptism of one of your Satur-dates – must be very inspiring to be part of their faith journey.

  4. A wonderful interview. It’s interesting, isn’t it, how some of us return to our faith roots as adults. Others embrace new faith paths. Reflecting on what calls us helps us understand ourselves and also helps us share with others. Great interview, and a nice post to visit before I take my blogging break in June. (We’ll stay in touch via email and Skype!)

    1. Thanks Galen. Yes some of us do return to our faith roots as adults, some change faiths and others of us might give up faith altogether:) Of course, not the readers of this blog!! Glad you liked the interview and I’m going miss you on the blogosphere as you take your great pilgrimage but will be in touch.

  5. Hi Vishnu,

    This was a brilliant interview with Jose. The point he made towards the end of the interview regarding Lent got me thinking of a fascinating area that seems to be across all religions, which is fasting and giving up certain foods and drinks, and devoting time to service and reflection upon those around the world who don’t have what we have. In Islam for instance, there is the holy month of Ramzan.

    Thank you.

    1. Thanks Hiten – yes, there are all kinds of traditions in our faiths and religions for fasting, tradition and sacrifice. Interesting the many similarities between all cultures. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

  6. I didn’t realize you could get rebaptized as an adult in the Catholic faith. It’s not unusual for people in my denomination (I’m Seventh-Day Adventist) to be rebaptized when they are older adults, as most of those born into this faith get baptized (full immersion underwater) when they are 10 or 11.

    Some of the most common reasons I’ve heard for rebaptism are that they didn’t really understand their beliefs when they first got baptized, but have as adults — like Jose — come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of their faith. Others may have fallen away from the church and/or participated in lifestyles inconsistent with the church’s teaching, but have come back and want to physically and symbolically shed their old lives through baptism.

    I got baptized at the ripe, old age of 13. I haven’t felt the desire for rebaptism (although maybe there has been the need :D), but I applaud anyone whose spiritual journey is taking them into a deeper and closer relationship with God.

    Thanks to Vishnu and Jose for taking the time to share this story with us!

    P.S. I especially loved the end where all efforts at being serious and solemn are dropped. 😀

    1. Hey Jammie – I don’t think Jose got rebaptized as an adult – I’m pretty certain he didn’t get baptized as a child but now voluntarily and willingly did it on his own:) Of course, if I’m wrong, I hope he’ll clarify.

      But I think all the reasons you gave for doing this later in life make sense – you actually have a deeper understanding of what’s going on and would have had time to reflect on your faith more. 13 sounds like an age when you’re able to have self-reflection and make your own decisions. Any interesting baptism stories? I’m sure you do and if you do, save it for your guest post. lol!!

      The end was funny – I decided to leave it in and make future videos without all the formality:)

  7. It’s really, really refreshing to learn of people who want to understand their faith in a deeper way! Big high five, Jose! Your renewals are very inspiring.

    I am Catholic, too. On the day of my confirmation, I remember thinking, “Hmm, I really sort of wish I were 10 years older to officially confirm my belief. I don’t even really know myself yet.” 🙂 I think that since many sacraments occur when we’re just little children, it’s very wise to take the time as an adult to make sure you fully understand your religion.

    Thanks for sharing this story with us, Vishnu and Jose!

    1. Thanks Jody for visiting.

      And can totally understand your thinking post-confirmation – like what the heck just happened. I wonder if that’s why the tradition does this as children. ‘Hey, let’s lock them in before they figure out what’s going on.’ I’m sure that’s not the intention lol but the practical effects that many feel.

      It does take adulthood, maturity and sometimes a lifetime to really understand one’s faith – more of a journey, than a destination, I think.

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