Dear Parents and Students,
This coming weekend another round of sacramental graces will be served for the students and families of Star of the Sea School as eleven of our 8th grade students will be joined by the Parish School of Religion to be confirmed. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which will take place on Saturday, May 25th at 11AM, Catholics are sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is a completion of the Sacrament of Baptism in which we are welcomed into the Catholic faith and freed from the original sin that we were born with. During Baptism, our parents and godparents made promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on our behalf. At Confirmation, we renew those same promises, this time speaking for ourselves. The Holy Spirit gives us an increased ability to not only practice our Catholic faith but to show others how to practice it as well.
For Catholics, being confirmed means accepting responsibility for our faith and our future. Adulthood, even young adulthood, means that we must do what is right on our own, not because we are told to do so, not for recognition, not for reward, but simply because it is the right thing to do. But sometimes it can be difficult to do the right thing or to decide what the right thing to do is in a difficult situation. This is where the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit can help us, particularly wisdom, which is considered the first and the greatest of the seven gifts.
As Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, said, “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.” Now that is pretty wise.
Take Care and God Bless,
Mr. David Gallagher