It’s Your Choice Now

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
~Jeremiah 1:5

Before we were born, the Lord chose us as one of his children. I take a certain amount of comfort in that, don’t you? The creator of the heavens chose us to be one of his children. And after we were born, our parents brought us to church, presented us, and had us baptized- promising us to the Lord. It makes sense that the next step is to complete that first step in the church by promising yourself to the Lord at your Confirmation.

God loves us, he has chosen us from birth, but because he loves us we have a choice. We ALWAYS have a choice, because we have been given free will. The creator of the heavens and earth loves us so much, that we have been blessed with a choice. Because the Lord knows how important decision is, when made with free will.

Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers this weekend, and help them to celebrate their choice, in saying “Yes” to the Lord through the Sacrament of Confirmation!

God Bless,
Kim

 

Chosen

“For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 1:4

It can be easy to forget in the daily hustle and bustle of life that we are beloved of a mighty king. God doesn’t have a Facebook page to claim us as family and he doesn’t have a Twitter to #family an old picture of us all together- in fact- he probably doesn’t have an old picture of us… I don’t think heaven is “LinkedIn” just yet. However, we are in the amazing position of having been chosen by the Almighty Creator of all to be his beloved children. I, personally, am all for having a king for a father, but instead of claiming us publically with fanfare and rejoicing, we must claim him.

As our Confirmation students continue on their journey toward the sacrament, they are publically, with at least a little fanfare, claiming God as their own. Each candidate has recognized that they have been chosen by God, and by accepting that call to full membership in our church, they are in turn claiming God as their own.

May each day be a reminder that we have been chosen by an Almighty God, and may we each return the favor by claiming God as our own.

God Bless,
Kim

Everyday Holiness

Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
~ 2 Timothy 1:14

       When people talk about ‘being holy’ it always seems as a far off goal that we can work toward but never reach. However the phrase “Everyday Holiness” sparked my imagination. How can something as amazing as Holiness be everyday? Holiness exists in us simply because we are baptized, chosen followers of Christ. Each and everyday we are tasked with expressing that Holiness to the world through our words and actions.

       As our Confirmation candidates prepare to fully accept the awesome responsibility of their own faith we need to remember that the saints were just as flawed as the rest of us. The difference was how they carried forth the holiness gifted to us by the Holy Spirit. So, take the Holy Spirit, own it, and bring it on to the world!

God Bless,
Kim

Not done yet!

Proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.  For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.  As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
~ 2 Timothy 4:2-5

       We are obsessed with “Completing” things. We make checklists and mark off the tiems done, and we are so proud of ourselves! I am guilty of this- I have even been known to add things to my list just so I can check them off as accomplished! The Church is just as guilty as well- we have all sorts of lists of things to be done in preparation for sacraments, mass, and even to have fun and play laser tag.

       However, this culture of lists and requirements gives us the feeling that once we have completed a list, we must be done- which isn’t the case! Just because you completed a list before First Eucharist does not make you an expert in the Eucharist (and if it does, come and see me I want lessons!). Likewise, the Sacrament of Confirmation isn’t some Catholic graduation into “Adulthood” in the Church. If adulthood in the Catholic Church means I am done learning, discovering, and journeying through my faith- forget it- I am not an adult! And that is okay with me!

      Confirmation is an affirmation that you are choosing the Catholic faith as your own, consciously, in front of your family, and of your own free will. It doesn’t mean we’re done with you… it means that you are just starting with the Catholic faith! Just imagine a lifetime of spiritual renewal, joyful discovery, and prayerful reflection- but this time without a teacher. If groups are your thing- we’ve got them! If solitary prayer is your thing- we’ve got that too!

      So, Confirmation candidates, if someone asks you what you are going to do now that you are done, please set the record straight with a resounding reply-

NOT DONE YET!

God Bless,
Kim