An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Friday, March 27, 2009

A letter to our Priest

(a letter to our pastor in preparation for our son's Confirmation in the fall)

Dear Father,

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.


Kim H. said...


That is a beautiful letter. Thank you for sharing it with us. Your son is very blessed to have you as his mother. I will be praying for him as he prepares to receive this most awesome sacrament.

Missy said...

What a beautiful post! There needs to be more parents out there like you!

Therese said...

What a beautiful post! You are an inspiration to me, Bia!

Cheryl Lage said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely.
(As is the writer. :) )What a blessed boy he is to have you as his mother.

GrandmaK said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you Our Kellie (granddaughter) will be confirmed in the fall. She will be a sophomore in high school. God bless you son and your entire family! Cathy

Laura said...

Lovely letter, Bia

Tiziana said...

E' una lettera molto bella e Nicholas è un ragazzo fortunato.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you got your letter done on time, you procrastinator!

Anonymous said...

Very nice indeed. "Train a young man in the way he should go..."

Lisa said...

God speed to your son as he embarks on the journey to real adulthood in this important step. And congratulations, Mom and Dad! If everyone had such guidance in their upbringing, what a world this would be!

E said...

Well but of course he is. You are too. You guys have done the heavy lifting and now you will have a privileged seat in the front row of his life as he begins this journey into manhood. You have armed him with love and faith and taught him to make good decisions. There might be a couple of bumps but even those will have hidden blessings as he grows and reaches ever higher on his path.
You are a wonderful mother Bia. I thank you for sharing your stories with us. Godspeed Nicholas
And bless you Bia