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What Does This Mean? (Beyond Confirmation Class)

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I can practically sing “Phantom of the Opera” in my sleep. My son is in the marching band, and their program was “Phantom” this year. Besides the fact that he practiced it at home, we also have the advantage of living but two blocks from the school, and therefore we can hear the band when they practice outside. We heard “Phantom” every school morning, every Monday night when they had three-hour clinics, every halftime show for home games, and every weekend in October for competition.

But here’s the thing–the harder the competitions got, the more they practiced. You’d think by the time they’d done it a few times, they had the thing pretty well under their belts, but no. They worked on fine tuning the performance, sometimes quite literally. They held chords to figure out which instrument was out of tune. They played the same sixteen measures over and over to make sure everyone was stepping exactly where they ought. They needed to know every single detail about their part, and know it well. It was inspiring to observe their focus and dedication. And it’s a good lesson on what it means to live as Christians in the world.

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Dear Fellow Confirmands

Dear Fellow Confirmands,

Wow, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it?  Don’t worry- that’s not our picture above, but it has been twenty-two years since we were confirmed.  Remember how the nine of us sat in Confirmation class every Wednesday evening for two years?  Remember those 5-question quizzes we had to take at the start of each class period?  We studied the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism over those two years, and then we had our public questioning the week before we were confirmed.  We were so nervous about that.  We studied the questions and answers over and over again so we wouldn’t mess up in front of everyone.  And then came Confirmation Sunday.  We all dressed in our white robes with the red carnation corsage, stood in front of church and made our Confirmation vows with the entire church witnessing it.  It was a marvelous day.  But since then I haven’t seen much of some of you.  In fact, there are a few of you I haven’t seen at all since we were confirmed.  And that makes me wonder what definition you are using for the word confirmation.  In the notorious words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means…”

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