“‘I will do this!’ is an affirmation that makes the whole universe rejoice, and with that commitment, you will find the universe conspiring to help you achieve your goal.”
~ Wally Amos
Yesterday, our eighth grade students made a public commitment at our all-school Mass to prepare earnestly for the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming spring. This evening and tomorrow evening, the eighth grade students in our Religious Education classes will make their commitment at Masses as well.
Commitment, as we have often lamented, is a lost art and is becoming, more and more, just a word in the dictionary. That is why we often become excited when we see people commit to certain projects, principles, or ideals. Not only do we become excited; oftentimes, we want to join those making the commitment. Sometimes we join in the same act, sometimes we join by supporting those who have made the commitment.
Their commitment means that our eighth graders publicly promise to attend scheduled classes and complete all assignments on time, to participate to the best of their ability, to pray daily, to assume more responsibility for their own faith, to carefully consider the opportunity to complete Christian Initiation into the Roman Catholic Church, to develop and use their time, skills, and talents in the form of Christian Acts of Service, and to participate in a Confirmation Retreat.
Our young people are preparing to be confirmed. This last Sacrament of Initiation will bring them into the Catholic Church in a fuller way. Open to the possibilities of the Gifts of the Spirit, they will be armed to face the world as they leave their schools and move on to new schools for ninth grade.
FAITH ACTION: Kindly pray for those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, that their commitment — not only to sacramental preparation; but, also, to the Lord — may remain strong.