My eldest daughter Lelia just received the Sacrament of Confirmation yesterday from Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. As part of her preparation, she had to write a letter to the pastor requesting confirmation. When she showed me the letter, I was blown away by this privileged glimpse into her interior life. In honor of Lelia's special day, I'm sharing her letter with you.
On our journey of faith, we hit certain milestones. These “milestones” that we encounter throughout this journey are called sacraments. On my journey of faith, I am getting close to the milestone of confirmation. In order to reach one of these milestones, we need to be ready for it, prepare for it, and want it with all our heart, which I do. Therefore, I am writing you to request that I receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next fall.
One reason why I want to receive the Sacrament is being able to grow closer to Saint Bernadette whom I have chosen as my confirmation saint. Another reason that I want to receive confirmation is so that I can grow closer to my aunt, Tita Nancy, who is my soon-to-be confirmation sponsor. Although these are important, the greatest reason why I want to receive confirmation is so that I can grow closer to God and continue in my journey of faith.
I believe that I am ready to receive confirmation because I am at the age that I can make good choices. Over these past thirteen years, I have had time to form my conscience so that I can make correct decisions. When we are babies, we receive baptism in which our parents say and choose everything for us because we can’t. But now I believe I can. With this freedom of choice and free will that God gave us, I will renew the promises made during my baptism by my own choosing.
I have prepared for confirmation in school, at home and through prayer. In school we have learned about confirmation in religion class and we have completed a journal that helps us to realize how we feel about people, things and our faith. At home we prepare through prayer and through the choices we make every day. In all truth we have been preparing for confirmation since we were first baptized. Whether we did it knowingly or not, we have prepared for this our whole lives through developing our conscience through every prayer and every action.
Receiving a sacrament has a tremendous impact on our life. Almost every fundamental turning point in life is connected with a sacrament. Just like every sacrament I have received so far -- baptism, first communion and first confession -- confirmation will have a tremendous impact on my everyday life. Every time I go to church, every time I say a prayer, every time I look at a cross, I will know that I chose to go on this path willingly. This is how the milestone of confirmation has affected me in the present, and how it will affect the rest of my future.
Yours in Christ,