What do you do when you see a new person at Mass? Run toward them? Or away? Do you wait for them to come a second time? What if they don’t?
Whether we’re bad with names or good with names, it’s important to know that names matter. How can we be called a family is we don’t even know each other’s names? If I didn’t know my siblings or first cousins names, would you consider me part of that family? Yet, most of us don’t know the names of the people in our parish families!
One of our deepest desires is to be known. This begins with the simple act of learning someone’s name and using it. One time in a sales training we were told that “A person’s favorite sound is that of their own name.” Since I have a pretty common name, I hear it all the time and it speeds my heart rate up just a few beats because it signals that someone is about to talk to me, and that makes me pretty happy!