Personal Narrative: Confirmation Changed My Life

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As a recently confirmed Catholic, I feel closer to God than ever. However, Confirmation wasn't what I thought it would be. I had known what was going to happen: we would be presented to the bishop, listen to the homily, renew our baptismal promises, the bishop would lay his hands upon us, and we would be anointed with Chrism. However, I couldn't have predicted the feeling of the Chrism on my forehead or the inexplicable joy that I felt afterwards. I couldn't have possibly known the understanding of my mission that I felt as I walked out of the Church and as I listened to the homily that day. The entire experience gave me a new perspective and inspired me to go out into the world and stand up for what I believe in. My Confirmation was an incredible …show more content…
I was driving home with my sponsor, my Uncle Ralph, and he said something to me that I will never forget. He told me that Confirmation was not about me, but it was about everyone else. At that moment, I had only been thinking about how it affected me and made my life more spiritual, so I didn't understand what he was saying at first. However, he quickly explained that through Confirmation, I was strengthening the Church and going out to change the world. What I didn't realize was that I wasn't changing it so that it was better for myself, I was changing it so that it was better for everyone else. This made everything I learned seem clearer and it felt like a very significant part of my Confirmation experience. Through my Confirmation, I learned a lot about my spiritual relationship with God. The Holy Spirit's gifts became prominent in myself and I strengthened my religious connection to the church. I realized how essential God is to my life and how without him I would be spiritually dead and devoid of hope. The meaningful moments on my Confirmation day and the lessons I learned stay with me for the rest of my life. Confirmation has been an exciting journey where I have been able to choose my faith for myself and complete my initiation into the joy-filled world that is the church of

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