I went to my catholic youth group from my freshmen year to my junior year. My friends and I were told around my junior year that we would receive our Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation meant that I was to accept the catholic faith by my own freewill.
I was born catholic so this was something my parent told me I should do.
First, I had to pick a saint to help guide me and inspire me. I chose Saint Catherine of Siena because I was named after her.
I was nervous the past few weeks because I was afraid of losing friends and I was now considered as an adult accepting my faith. I was afraid I would be considered an outcast because I was different from other people.
What if I lose all my friends? Will my parents support me not accepting my faith? What will happen?
The week before I was to be confirmed, I had to rehearse what I would do and where to sit. For Confirmation, I had to have a sponser, so I chose my cousin because she is a catholic.
On April 18, 2018, the day finally came. I was to be confirmed by the bishop of Austin. My parents sat in the front row to see me get confirmed. I was afraid and thinking that I would lose everything and everyone I loved because I chose something not everyone would do. The moment the bishop laid his hands on my head, all my worries were lifted. I just felt secure and confident.
I didn't need to worry because God was always there with me. I panicked for nothing. I did lose some friends because I chose to accept my faith, but I don't care. Everything happens for a reason . Today, I still practice my faith. I face persecution sometimes, but I'm still walking determined and will still be. I chose this memroy because my faith defines who I am today. I don't care what anyone thinks about me.