I'll Be His Mom for a While...


Chaplain Mark Weiler is holding a seashell filled with purified water. Normally it's the parents who ask for him, when they want their baby baptized and don't think they can afford to wait. But this baby was abandoned weeks ago, and is due to go into surgery in an hour; it was the nurses who called and put aside their work to gather around the incubator. Weiler can't pick up this child, lying so still, like a broken marionette, so much tape holding so many tubes. He dips his finger in the water and touches the baby's forehead. "I baptize you,...

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