Thursday, May 4, 2017

Keeping a Promise

Before leaving school on Thursday, March22, 2012, Olivia had given her best friend,  Lexi,  a silver box.  In the box, she had placed a picture of herself, an angel pendant, and other trinkets.  As she gave Lexi the box, she told her, :So you don't forget me."

That was the last time that Lexi would see her best friend.  

Best friends are given that title for several reasons.  One reason (which I think it's pretty much the most important one) is that they keep promises.  

Five years later, Lexi has done just that.  She hasn't forgotten her third grade friend after all of these years or maturing and learning herself as a teenager.  

Lexi recently completed the third and final  holy sacraments within the Catholic Church.  She has been confirmed.  

The sacrament of confirmation is one of the three initiation rites for Catholics, the other two being Baptism, and Holy Communion. According to Catholic doctrine, in the sacrament of Confirmation, the faithful are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life.

When  confirmed in the Catholic Church, young adults choose a confirmation name.   In many countries, it is customary for a person being confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church (and some Anglican dioceses) to adopt a new name, generally the name of a saint, thus securing an additional patron saint as protector and guide.

When I was confirmed (oh some 30 years ago,), I chose my deceased grandmother's name, Elizabeth.  Lexi could have chosen a family name but instead, she chose to remember her "BFF" by taking Olivia as her confirmation name.  

She never did forget you Olivia and neither have so many others.