A Manual for Confirmation (Classic Reprint)

T. Field

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Those who use this book will probably belong to a class in which custom and tradition have made Confirmation a recognised incident in life. They will not be called upon to face the trial which in some conditions of society is a severe one - of standing almost alone against the indifference and the ridicule of their friends in taking this definite step on the side of Christ and His Church. They may well thank God that this struggle has been spared them. But they must remember that their own position has its danger also - the danger of regarding Confirmation as a mere formal necessity, as something which they are expected to go through, but of which they hardly recognise the meaning or the obligation.

It is, of course, in one sense a necessity. We believe that in it there is a gift which God offers to us and a duty which He demands from us. But if we think of it as a necessity only because our friends expect us to be confirmed, and most of our acquaintances have been confirmed, we are not doing what God wants us to do, nor can we receive the gift which He is willing to bestow. We must never forget that though the actual presentation of ourselves for Confirmation has been made easy for us, real preparation means a great choice, and the choice involves a great struggle.

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