What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17
Thus, faith with service is important in every Catholic’s life, especially for those about to make their confirmation; service strengthens our faith. It helps to strengthen our relationships with the church and God. Even though I was required to do service for confirmation, I am happy I did. I enjoyed seeing many smiling faces after the jobs were done. I hope to help them out even more in the future. And while I am happy that I helped others, the whole world does not need to know about the good deeds that I have done. Jesus said service should be done, but you should not brag about it.
“Don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.”
The Catholic social teachings state that we are called to family, community, and participation. Catholics believe that we are called to participate in society and to seek together the well being and good of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. We were not created to live by ourselves but to live with others.
Giving back to others after all that God has given to me makes me feel good inside. The organizations to which I donated my time aren’t necessarily poor, but they need extra help. Doing different and little jobs such as painting or even cleaning helped these organizations more than a little. While working with children learning to speak Spanish, I found a love for seeing people improve. I also was able to improve my language and social skills. The organizations I worked with were very grateful, and I could see the change in their mood knowing they had extra help. I like to know I am considered a reliable person.
I know the Church is proud of all us young people helping in the community. Many of us have extremely busy schedules but somehow find time for God and to give back. I hope that God recognizes this contribution. For me, I am thankful for my ability to dance, but in pursuing dance, it is also difficult to find time to do other things. Over the past couple of years, I have had to make the decision of going to ballet rehearsal or confirmation group meeting. Both are important, but I know I can always find God in everything I do, including dance.
In the past two years, I have learned about many different aspects of the Catholic Church. I have learned through my confirmation group and my religious education at my Catholic school. In my confirmation group, I have made many friends and have listened to many different opinions on topics that were new to me. At first, I was weary at taking the confirmation course and attending all of the meetings. It was hard for me to be in a new environment and to meet new people. Not only did I have to meet new people, but also I had to discuss my views and relationships with God and the Church. But now, I am glad I did. I learned so much more and have made some great friendships. I am happy about the steps I have made in my faith journey so far, and I hope to continue for many years to come.
At confirmation, I will show that it is my decision to be fully initiated into the Church. As a baby at Baptism, I did not have the ability to say no, and I am glad I didn’t. Confirmation allows me to continue the promise my parents made to the Church. I will continue to follow the Catholic teachings and virtues, and some day, I hope to raise my children in the same way. Being confirmed in the Church means accepting responsibility for my faith and that I must do what is right on my own – not because I am told what to do or not do, not for recognition but because it is the right thing to do.