Is it a saint's name?
If you do, you will find something startling: Comparatively few of the kids, even those from Catholic schools, have saints' names.
That is a big departure from decades past, and it shows a waning of Catholic culture and consciousness.
True, having a saint's name does not by itself make someone a good Catholic, or a better Catholic than someone not named for a saint. But there are a lot of reasons why giving your child a saint's name is a good idea.
A child named for a saint has a wonderful patron and has a hero to look up to. The child can pray to that saint and strive to imitate his or her virtues. Having a saint's name helps a child identify as Catholic, think Catholic and live Catholic. A child who is named for a saint has a good friend for life.
Search the Web and you will find the book "Is it a saint's name?" by Father William P. Dunne. Father Albert Nevins, M.M., also wrote on that subject.
We are always after the Cardinal, the auxiliaries and our pastors and associates for one thing and another. But wouldn't it be great if these Catholic leaders would take the initiative and suggest in the pulpit, the parish bulletin and The Tidings that people do their babies a great favor by naming them for heroes of the Faith?
And if parents are looking for suggestions...Pedro and Peter are such good names!