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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Contributions of chicken cages, prayers, incubators, time, or money can be made to the following address: The Godchild Project, PO Box 7303, 550 Vandalia St., Saint Paul MN 55107; phone 612-917-0917.
Toward the end of their stint, while still living at the mission and supervising the vocational school they founded there to teach woodworking, the couple expanded their work to neighboring Santiago Atitlan, founding the Godchild Project in the village of 40,000 where Fr.
Simply put, choosing a coparent "for the love of God" was an act of charity by the parents of the godchild. Margherita, who was blind, needed aid.
CATHOLIC readers seem to be popular choices as godparents, with 82 percent reporting having at least one godchild. Some had as many as 12 or 16, with one claiming 38 godchildren!
The original meaning of the word gossip was "Godsibling," and a godparent was considered to have such a close spiritual relationship with a godchild that the church at one time forbade a godparent and godchild from marrying each other.
Her godchild, Paolo Valenciano, directs the concert.
I've been with my godchild to see the new Wallace and Grommit movie.
Leach and her husband, Joseph, of Olney, Md.; her niece and godchild, Diane Sanabria and her husband, Carl; nephew, Michael Martin and his wife, Robin; nephew, Jim Martin and his wife, Lisa, all of Leominster; niece, Jennifer Vail and her husband, Kevin, of Joppatowne, Md.; nephew, Chris Leach of Damascus, Md.; niece and godchild, Amy Lambertson and her husband, Carl, of Merkel, Texas; and niece, Debbie Leach, of Damascus, Md.; her great-nieces and great-nephews, Colin Sanabria, Samantha Martin and her fiance, Jeff Hughes, Arielle Bruegger and her husband, Dan, Ryan Martin and his wife, Michelle, Craig Martin and his fiancee, Samantha Labier, and Macy, Sophia, and Spencer Vail; and a godson, Christopher Cooney of Arizona .
"I had a rough mix of the recording and I put it on to see if the children liked it and if they related to it - and they all loved it, especially my godchild Eve.
Carmelo Arada Jr., assistant commissioner of the Commission on Liturgy, noted that a godparent's task is to ensure that his godchild grows up to be a good person and Christian.
Jeff leaves several godchildren, including his godchild Matthew Collette and many, many friends.
Much thanks to Anne Simmons, Godchild, her family and friend Henry Belch, whose care and love can never be measured.