(a letter to our pastor in preparation for our son's Confirmation in the fall)
A little over fourteen years ago our son, Nicholas, was born. We loved him from the moment of his existence, and we set about to care for this precious gift from God.
We cuddled and loved him; we fed and rocked him; we helped him take his first steps.
But caring for our son’s physical needs was the easy part. What about his spiritual growth? How would we teach our son to believe in God? Pray with faith? Help a stranger? Have a generous heart? Be a good citizen? Stand up for what is right?
We felt more than a little overwhelmed because we realized we weren’t just raising a child . . . we were raising a soul.
Having our son baptized was the first step in fostering his spiritual growth. As his parents we made this decision for him, entrusting our son to God and to a faith family that would be an extension of our own.
Catholic school, First Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, alter serving, volunteering . . . all these things helped him become the person he is today.
Now our son is about to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. He is becoming a young man and is starting to make his own decisions.
Through the years we have done our best to provide him with the spiritual tools needed to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, but with Confirmation, we must now step aside and let him be guided by the Holy Spirit. We will always be there for him, but the Holy Spirit will be his guide and his strength as he grows in faith and makes his way into the world as an adult.
He is ready.