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2015. I feel personally that I want to do this and take on the responsibility of confirmation because I feel without God leading me my life would be incomplete.

If I was a sail boat being tossed by the wind and the sea, God would be the lighthouse on the rocks, guiding me. Through our sessions I feel that I have especially connected to God, through prayer. After our retreat, I felt closer to the Holy Spirit and now I read the Bible every evening.

For my Confirmation, I have chosen the name, Frances. Last summer I visited Assisi with my family. We went to Mass at the Basilica. I visited his tomb and prayed there, his story touched me truly. I found a message in his story, and it was: That if you give up everything for God he will look after you, body and soul.

I feel now that my faith in God has increased and that I am closer to Him through the Holy Spirit. Every day I am In awe of His creation and I look deeper into the meanings of the psalms and stories of the New Testament. I hope you will support my decision to receive Confirmation, so that I may continue on my journey towards God.

I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.' (John 15, 1-5) I feel that it is important to have my confirmation, so that I may remain in the vine of the Lord. If God prunes my vine I may be ever fruitful.

************* I wish to make my confirmation and I feel that I am ready to become an adult member of the church. Over the past few months, the Catechism lessons have really helped me to understand the moral responsibilities that we have as Catholics. It has changed my viewpoint as I go through my daily life and how I act. I have also gained more confidence to be open about my religion and I have explained to my friends what being a Catholic means. By explaining to them, I have explained to myself what being a Catholic means to me.

I am also more aware of the presence that God has in my life, I think that it is important for me to my Confirmation at this point because of this. I feel that I am spiritually ready and prepared to accept the Holy Spirit into my heart, and I believe that with the Holy Spirit I will be able to continue experiencing the positive effects that God has on my day to day life.

I have also noticed, as I reflected on my decision, that I understand many more of God's messages than before. In particular, I find that when I am at Mass I understand and take courage from God's words through the Bible, and the teachings of you, as a priest. Where before I would have heard a story, I now understand the messages underneath.

Finally I feel that I am ready to make my Confirmation at this point because I have become more aware of myself and also of others as I am beginning to understand the underlying messages in the Bible and also the t4eachingts of the Church. Through Confirmation, I wish to receive the Sacraments of the Holy Spirit to help me continue in my life, learning from God, acting in the best possible way and gaining support from my faith.

************* I am doing my confirmation to grow closer to God. I understand this is one of the seven sacraments which shows my commitment to God. I love my Catholic Christian faith which has given me so many wonderful blessings. This is my one true faith.

************* I want to be confirmed to show my faithfulness and love in God of my own accord.

Which is, after all what it's all about.

But I feel that I have always just obeyed my mum by coming to Church, like a little child. I feel I have not truly through about God, his teachings or what he means to me personally. I used to come to church do what I did, then go home and not think anything of it. Then I became a grumpy teenager, who never wanted to go, much preferred bed. Then I'm not sure what happened, but from then to now I have changed. I now think about what God means to me, I think about the actions we make in Church, then I think of my actions we make in Church, then I think of my actions out of Church and God's love in all my life. I like to explore God's love, which the confirmation sessions have really helped me to do. I don't know what happened but I now want to go to Church every Sunday.

I get disappointed when we can't make it, and I pray. With no instruction I pray, I ask God for guidance, I have become aware of my faith and am fully dedicated by my own accord. And that is why I want to make my confirmation, so I can show to everyone particularly myself, that to be a Christian is my choice. Although my mum and granny have helped me discover Christianity, to continue my dedication of my accord.

I think now is a great time to make confirmation, because I am still in awe of the new faith I have found and I have all the support I need, I think it will help me to move on in discovering more of my God.

************* I would like to be confirmed because I know I would like to be a Catholic because I feel like being a Catholic is a good path to follow for moral guidance, so I thought it would be better to do it sooner than later so I can receive the benefits of being a Catholic, e.g. receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Another benefit I look forward to is having a closer relationship with the Saint I have chosen my confirmation saint because I have read into him and find him very interesting.

I would also like to understand God and Jesus better because I did not feel like they were listening to me before and I wasn't feeling their presence. However, after the courses we have recently done I have realised that there is a lot more to believing in God and Jesus than just praying for certain things and then getting disappointed when they didn't.

I still do need to learn to appreciate the things God and Jesus have done/do for me, like spotting them in my everyday life because at the moment I do not think I am hearing or noticing their ways in answering my prayers. However, after being confirmed I will feel like I am learning new stuff because I would be an official Catholic.

However, I do feel like this is the right time to be confirmed because I am coming to a point in my life when I do need advice, guidance and strength from God and being confirmed would make me have a better understanding of the Catholic religion so I can have the experience to help me through tough decisions and parts of my life and more recent, the stressful times of my exams.

Also, on a side note, sometimes I have thought about if being a Catholic is hard because you have to follow quite a lot of rules and even though I haven't committed any serious sins, I still get worried about Hell and whether it is easy to mess up and end up in Hell. Also, I think of the huge amount of people praying to God and wonder why He would listen to me and why He doesn't respond to my prayers. I do believe in God but I need to learn to understand Him and to listen to Him so my faith doesn't fade.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved in the confirmation sessions for making them so enjoyable and helping everyone fit in to make new friends.

************* I would like to be confirmed because it is the next step towards God. It is important to me that I take all the steps in the Roman Catholic path. God is the creator of our earth, the world we live in and I want to learn how to thank Him properly for that. Also I want to participate in the Church. I feel that getting confirmed will strengthen me, so that I can stand up for and defend God.

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