It has been a bit of a whirlwind around here with work and life and work. But, last night I was able to witness my first class of students be confirmed. And what a beautiful group they are.
Such promising young ladies and gentlemen and there in the back is one of the blessings I didn’t expect, their teacher who has become my friend. This group, as with any, came with their own set of challenges. Who didn’t want to continue the process, who was pregnant, who didn’t care. And yet, here they are in all of their beauty with Mary watching over them. I beam whenever I look at them. They are also a very fun group who has dealt with my odd sense of humor well this year. My threat last night was, “You know you aren’t rid of me, right?” I want them to know that this is not the end but the beginning.What a blessing this year has been. I am so grateful to be entrusted with these kids. I am so grateful that the adults who have come to assist are steady and excellent role models themselves as well as fun playmates for the child in me and each with a very deep and welcoming spirituality. I am over the moon that my best friend has joined me and I am still saying, “Where did that come from?” But we all know where it came from, we all know that the gift of love that the Spirit provides cannot be measured or understood…but it can be savored and I do.Last night, our Bishop (Bishop Cunningham) spoke plainly and simply to these kids and it felt from the heart. He reiterated what we have said all year, that none of this matters if you don’t continue to nourish it. These kids need their faith, they need to be connected to their God. Please say a prayer for them in this special moment. Please pray that they understand, that just as the original disciples, they can bring people closer to Jesus through their own living.And for Scott who gives always of himself to them for the mission of Jesus the Christ.