In the Roman Catholic Church, the sacrament of confirmation is said to complete the sacrament of baptism: It's a sort of coming-of-age moment for young adult Catholics. Confirmation is usually completed in high school, and those practicing the sacrament often choose sponsors to help guide them through the process. These sponsors usually present their sponsees with confirmation letters at the beginning of the sacrament.
Confirmation letters are predominately used as a way to affirm a person's decision to pursue their faith and to welcome him or her into the communion of the Catholic Church. In the Catholic tradition, they are meaningful and important tools for sharing faith. It is also a great honor to be selected as a sponsor for a confirmation candidate, and taking time to craft a meaningful and encouraging letter is the best way to express your sentiments about the process.
Open the letter by acknowledging what an honor it is for you to be selected as the person's confirmation sponsor. Explain your desire to participate in the confirmation process and continue to support him or her throughout the confirmation process. You should also write a few sentences about the importance of confirmation and express why this particular portion of the Catholic faith is so important.
Continue by expressing some words of encouragement. The confirmation process requires a lot of time and commitment, so expressing your belief in the person's ability to accomplish their goal is valuable.
Write a few sentences about some of the special qualities you seen in him or her. You can select on of his or her specific talents, for example, and explain how it can be valuable to the church or play into their religious pursuits. You can also choose to focus on his or her personality traits and how each may effect his or her religious experience.
Share a few examples of prayers, songs or religious verses that are particularly meaningful to either you or the candidate seeking confirmation. The examples can be used for many purposes including advice, reflection or influence.
Finish the letter with a bit of advice based upon your own confirmation experiences. For example, you can discuss some of the areas you struggled with and how you persevered. You can also express what portion of the confirmation process you found particularly moving. Finally, reaffirm your commitment to being a reliable source for the person throughout the confirmation process.
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