From: Mary Zimmerman
We attended a confirmation mass for our grandson, Matt Turner, recently. I was so proud of him. It seems like just yesterday he was only a little boy coming over to grandma’s to play with me; time sure flies by.
Matt choose Saint Sebastian as his patron saint. Sebastian loved sports; I’m not sure if golf was his specialty, but it is Matt’s, and he’s doing so well. I’m sure Sebastian earned his Sainthood for putting God first in his life, as we all must. This may not happen overnight; I’m 84, and I’ve only recently come to realize how active the Holy Spirit is in my life.
It was most edifying to see so many young people coming forth to be confirmed, having studied the faith for over 10 years. But that study is by no means over. No, we continue to learn and hopefully grow in our faith until the day we die. We yearn to know, love, and serve God in this world, so we can continue to be with Him in Heaven for all eternity. How do we get more acquainted with God? Through the Holy Spirit, whose gifts we receive help us. We pray, “Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God, and, enlightened by your holy teaching, may walk without deviation in the faith of eternal salvation.”
Once you know God better, through spiritual reading, prayer, mass, and Holy Communion, how can you help but to love? If only the world would meditate on the life of Jesus. Boys and girls that have been confirmed, I say this — “Don’t stop now. You started your journey at baptism, through your first confession and Holy Communion. I ask the Father in Heaven to give us ALL spiritual energy, to continue the journey of our faith with monthly confessions, needed to cleanse the soul; Holy Communion on Sundays and the holy days; and prayer, as often as possible.” Circumstances no longer permit Jim and I to go to daily mass, but we still talk with the Lord whenever a spare moment presents itself.
I ask all members of the confirmation class to also go out into the world, and set a good example to those around you. Evangelize by the life you live and be not ashamed to wear your faith on your sleeve. If you lose your way sometimes, don’t despair, just call on your heavenly power (confession) to put you back on the right track.
It was so pleasing for me to see our daughter Lynette as Matt’s sponsor. It’s a delight, as time passes, to witness the Holy Spirit working in the lives of our children. I know this will continue as I work tirelessly to spread the word of God. I trust He will bless our family with many graces. I pray, “Graciously hear me, of Holy Spirit, and pour your light into my heart, my soul, and my mind. Assist me in living a holy life and to grow in goodness and graced. Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with your holy gifts.”
Congratulations to Matt, and all of the graduating confirmation class!