A Word of Consolation
Congrats! You’ve made it to the end of this monster! You’re almost there, stay strong!
I want you all to know that I was awfully torn about when to schedule these prep sessions. After discussing things with Fr. Justin a few weeks ago, we came to the conclusion that weekends, especially Sundays, ought to be reserved for family time and getting caught up on schoolwork. When it comes down to schedules, I know very well that this isn’t going to be easy. That is why I wanted to be proactive about letting all parents know 7 months in advance to prepare and put the dates on their calendar.
As a former high school athlete passionate about getting to the next level, I understand how difficult it is to balance practice, training, and gym time with my faith , and everything else going on in a teenagers life (band, choir, clubs, etc). After finding Christ during my senior year in high school, I ended up putting my faith above sports and everything else that was fighting for my time. I’m still moved to tears thinking about how my parents were not supportive of me growing in my love for God, and how they viewed baseball as my foundation and my faith as an afterthought , a luxury . They had it all backwards! I missed games and practices for RCIA classes and youth group, and yet, I still went on to play college baseball at the Division 1 level.
Being sealed with the Holy Spirit is a great gift from God, just like Marriage or Baptism! It takes commitment and time to prepare for, and it is my prayer that all parents will make this preparation a priority in their kids’ lives. May God bless you this day and always! You are in my prayers