Smith, R 1/14/18

Our sophomore Confirmandi are invited to write a letter to our Bishop (in this case, Fr. Coady!) requesting to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  I would like to share one of the letters that a young adult just composed.

Dear Bishop…Throughout the past two years of going to youth group and Confirmation class and the past 10 of religious education, I expected some sort of Epiphany that would come to me, and I would understand everything; there would be no blindness in my faith.  And for a long time, that’s what I thought Mr. Rick and Mr. Bill (Kennedy) and all the adults were pushing us towards, were helping us to find, our Epiphany.  But I’ve come to realize that faith isn’t looking for, or waiting for, an Epiphany.  I think faith is more about believing in the unbelievable.  Which is why I am no longer looking for answers, because if you know everything then there’s nothing unbelievable about it.  I think there’s a difference between believing in something you can see and understand and having faith in something unseen and not understood.  If you have all the answers, there’s nothing left to have faith in; you simply understand.  My teachers always tell us that if we really understand things, we should ask questions to delve deeper.  And that’s what I want to do, but with an end goal of faith instead of understanding.  So, in my Confirmation, I don’t want answers; I want to experience the unbelievable as an adult member of the Church.

John 20:29…Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

~ Rick Smith, Youth Minister

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