My sweet girl. There are no fitting words to express how proud I am of you today- truly, how proud of you I am always. You have always been intelligent and mature, thoughtful and insightful. You stump me with questions about how our world works and how God is a part of our lives, and you humble me with your loving and forgiving heart. Your longing to find God's place for you in this world has always impressed me. I didn't make you that way, your Heavenly Father did. He called you at a young age to be a witness, to be His. And you said yes.
You are blessed to be in a faith community that not only supports but encourages you to receive the Sacraments, and as you prepared your mind, heart, and soul for the sacrament of Confirmation, I knew that the Holy Spirit really had called you to this. You were already His, and now that you've received the gifts of the Spirit, I know He will continue to call you to great things.
At 9.5 years old, you are the youngest member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to be confirmed. I believe your enthusiasm for the graces this sacrament will no doubt pave the way for other young girls and boys to be confirmed in their faith! We believe that you've received the Gifts of the Holy Spirit- piety, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, fear of the Lord, counsel, and fortitude- and what else does our world need more right now? You understand what it means to be a soldier for Christ as we spoke at length about this during your preparations. You know the world needs Christ, though thankfully your innocence prevents you from knowing just how badly our world needs Him. Your understanding will grow and change as you get older, but those holy gifts, this indelible mark, will remain with you always.
Daddy and I are filled with joy, our hearts overflow with gratitude to God for giving you to us. We know the Holy Spirit will guide you as you leave childhood behind and enter into adolescence, and for that we are also so very thankful! We pray that you will seek His guidance and wisdom all the days of your life.
I love you, my precious girl!