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Confirmed commitment.

I would like to comment on your July Sounding Board "True faith waits" by Christine Zaker. I was a "lapsed" Catholic until my Confirmation in 2004 at the age of 52. I have spent the last two years teaching eighth-grade preparation classes for Confirmation in my parish. Of the two classes, maybe 10 percent are committed Catholics. All said they would not be taking the class nor would they be confirmed if their parents hadn't insisted; "they'd kill me" was the typical reply.

Both my adult children were confirmed with their class at a Catholic grade school (eighth grade). I was not in communion with the church at the time and did not reinforce the faith at home. One is becoming a member of a fundamentalist Protestant church and the other is minimally Catholic.

I do not think that everyone should be as old as I was, but unless we strengthen the domestic church, which is the family, the age of receiving Confirmation will remain a moot point. I am thrilled that God called me when he did. Older is better if the commitment is to be taken seriously.

Sarah Weigert

Mundelein, Ill.
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Author:Weigert, Sarah
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Date:Aug 1, 2006
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