Choos­ing con­fir­ma­tion names

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

(Metro Cre­ative Con­nec­tion) Young peo­ple pre­pare for the Sacra­ment of Con­fir­ma­tion in var­i­ous ways. In ad­di­tion to im­mers­ing them­selves in re­li­gious stud­ies and pos­si­bly at­tend­ing a spir­i­tual retreat, soon-to-be con­firm ands are asked to choose a saint’s name un­der which they will be con­firmed.

Pa­tron saints serve as role mod­els to con­firm ands as they con­tinue their spir­i­tual jour­neys. Choos­ing a saint’s name is not some­thing to take lightly. Some peo­ple as­so­ciate with a par­tic­u­lar saint be­cause the name re­minds them of a cer­tain fam­ily mem­ber, while oth­ers re­late to saints who have come to be known for stand­ing for some­thing spe­cific in their faith. Cer­tain saints may be the pa­tron saint of a prospec­tive con­firm and’s an­ces­tral coun­try, while oth­ers may be as­so­ci­ated with a par­tic­u­lar oc­cu­pa­tion the young­ster hopes to one day pur­sue.

It is dif­fi­cult to pin down the ex­act num­ber of holy men and women who have been of­fi­cially named as saints, and the true num­ber is de­bat­able, but var­i­ous Catholic groups and the­olo­gians say there are more than 10,000 saints that the Catholic Church ven­er­ates. Re­gard­less of the ex­act fig­ure, con­fir­mands have many spe­cial holy peo­ple who can serve as role mod­els and guide them through both Con­fir­ma­tion and life.

To begin the se­lec­tion process, think about a par­tic­u­lar trait or skill you ad­mire, and then re­search saints who may have pos­sessed th­ese traits. Oth­er­wise, you can nar­row down the list of saints by choos­ing a gen­eral cat­e­gory. If you aspire to be a teacher, choose a pa­tron saint of ed­u­ca­tors, such as Saint Catherine. If you are en­am­ored with a cer­tain area of the world, like Scot­land or Rus­sia, choose Saint An­drew, who is the pa­tron saint of th­ese coun­tries.

If a cer­tain name has mean­ing to you, re­search the saint that bears that name and find out if you feel spir­i­tu­ally guided by what the saint did in his or her life. It’s com­mon for con­fir­mands to want to pay homage to a lost rel­a­tive or friend who shared the name of a par­tic­u­lar saint. It is a way to be guided by two spe­cial peo­ple.

You also can pray to God and ask for guid­ance in choos­ing a saint. Spend­ing time in prayer may pro­vide you with greater clar­ity. Also, read­ing re­li­gious texts can shed light on the lives of many in­flu­en­tial saints through­out his­tory. Head to the li­brary or a book­store and visit the reli­gion sec­tion. Chances are you can find a book of saints. An added ben­e­fit to such an ap­proach is the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about your faith and the fig­ures who helped shape it.

If you need fur­ther as­sis­tance, speak with a clergy mem­ber at your church. A priest may have even more in­sight to share and can be a good re­source to help guide you.

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