Friday, October 1, 2010

Embracing the Catechism - An Open Letter to My Godson on His Confirmation

Here's a snippet:

Dear Thomas Patrick,

On the occasion of your Confirmation I wish to offer the sage and time-honored advice of a saint.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, teaching on the Sacrament of Confirmation, quotes St. Ambrose, a bishop and theologian from the 4th century. His words are worthy of repeating here. My prayer for you, as your Godmother and Sponsor, would be that your reception of this important sacrament would mirror the words of St. Ambrose:

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence.

Guard what you have received.

God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.  

Find the rest here.

1 comment:

  1. "Guard what you have received." Very nice! It is a precious gift that should be guarded. How little they understand it at that age huh? How little I understood it at that age!


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