Maybe it is just me, but Confirmation comes across too often as a qualification instead of a Sacrament. And to clarify, I’m not saying I see it as not being presented as a Sacrament; it most definitely is. But the majority of the time when I hear somebody speaking of Confirmation in adulthood, it is because they need to be confirmed in order to do a certain thing in the church.
I can’t help but compare it to a bachelor’s degree. Some businesses would not even look any further on my resume if it said I didn’t at least have a bachelor’s degree, even though I could be the most qualified person for that job. And likewise, the Catholic Church would say I am not qualified to be a Godparent, an RCIA sponsor, etc. unless they see that I was confirmed on my baptismal records. And then there is John Doe sitting next to you in the pew, who was confirmed and eligible for that role… who also goes up during communion and thinks he’s receiving only a symbol… who thinks abortion is a choice… who is all for the death penalty. And Jim Doe is sitting next to him… who has yet to be confirmed… who is completely on fire for Jesus… who goes to confession… goes to daily Mass… who is a wonderful example of Christ… see where I’m going?
And I think the way Confirmation is set up in religious education classes (at least in most places in the US) makes it come across that way as well… once you’re at a certain grade level, it’s time to learn about Confirmation and get confirmed that year. It is turned into a subject in religious education, albeit an important one. Is it too much of a stretch to say that isn’t much different than a high schooler finding out he is taking geometry this year, but his teacher and his parents are placing extra importance on it, so you figure it must mean something? I use that comparison because too many people forget about Confirmation like other subjects they learned in high school.
I don’t know… maybe I’m just analyzing it too much. But as somebody who skipped out on Confirmation in my high school days, I have now been blessed with a much greater understanding of my faith in the last few years and just absolutely in love with the Church. And to see my beautiful bride going through RCIA and approaching her Confirmation and First Communion, it is the most amazing thing to witness. She will be receiving these sacraments and joining in the fullness of faith that we are blessed to be a part of. But sooner or later I will need to get that “Confirmation stamp” that I missed out on in high school, or else I could be missing out on other things. And if it wasn’t treated like that by the Church, I would be more passionate about receiving it. My mom hasn’t helped either, as she has suggested several times to go back and ‘get it done’. I feel compelled to wait until I feel Confirmation presented to me as 100% Sacrament and 0% anything else. But I can’t just go to get it done… I feel like that is for the wrong reasons. Hopefully the time is soon. Until then, I will pray about it. :gopray2:
Do others feel the same about restructuring how Confirmation is presented?