My daughter and I are embarking on a journey of spiritual growth and sacramental prep this year. My daughter will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation sometime in the spring. There seems to be a lot of varying opinions as to when it is best to confirm our young people and there also seemed to be a lot of emotions wrapped up in it all. I guess I do see that there is some benefit to earlier Confirmation, but I’m not upset that my daughter wasn’t confirmed earlier. I’m just excited for her to experience this beautiful sacrament and if this is the year our parish chooses- in ninth grade- than this is the year we will enjoy the blessings of the preparation and of the sacrament itself.
Since my **almost** ninth grader is my oldest, she is always the first to see me through new parenting hurdles. Sometimes these firsts cause me a bit of anxiety. The first time giving birth- I was terrified. The first time I had to potty train- I was completely intimidated. The first day of home schooling ever- I had no idea what to expect. But this first- I am SO excited about.
My own confirmation prep was… a bit disappointing. It came at a time in my life (eighth grade for me) when I was first starting to question the importance of religion and whether I really believed what my parents believe. It should have been the perfect time to ask all my questions and get some answers. But, I failed to voice most of my queries and those I did ask were not always answered by people who really understood themselves. Therefore, a great opportunity was missed in my life to really come to know and understand and appreciate my Catholic faith waaaaay sooner than I ever did.
Thankfully, all these years later I have the answers I needed back then and I LOVE and appreciate my Catholic faith more than anything. I’m sure the answers came in God’s perfect timing and there was a reason I didn’t understand it all back in eighth grade but I want to give my children every opportunity to see the beauty and the fullness of our faith NOW. So I seek to teach my children everything I can about our Church and our beliefs and, if need be, I’m willing to learn new lessons and revelations along with them. I feel privileged to be entrusted with this awesome responsibility. Confirmation prep gives me a new direction to go in with my daughter and a whole new wealth of resources.
And there are SO many resources I’m finding. The more I find, the more excited I am, and the more I want to share my discoveries….So, I’m planning to post about our experiences here over the course of the next few months.
First up, will be a post about my daughter’s discernment in picking a Confirmation Saint…...She picked the perfect one and I can’t wait to share! And then I have to post about her Confirmation sponsor and then the Lighthouse Catholic Media C.D. I bought for her at a home school conference this summer and the article I found online this morning….etc…..