Yesterday, I was surprised, humbled, thrilled, and ineffably touched to be asked by one of my nieces to be her Confirmation sponsor. She will receive the sacrament in the spring of 2016.
Her mom (one of my husband's wonderful younger sisters) told me that she was nervous to approach me about it, and even worried, "What if she says no?"
As if I would ever do so! Aside from being asked to fulfill the duty of godparent to a brand new Christian soul, I cannot imagine a greater honor. That this amazing child, whose knowledge of her Faith is already light years ahead of where her aunt's was at her age (or even now, I dare say), would deign to choose me is just...what word can I use? Well, my eyes got wet last night when she asked me, if that helps you understand how I felt.
This niece, who is about to enter eighth grade along with a brother and a sister who were all born on the same day (yes, she's a triplet!), is one of the sweetest, most intelligent, most charitable, most empathetic young ladies you'll ever meet. She is 13 going on 30, I swear. Just so bright and such a deep thinker. She reads and writes at college level already. She is deeply committed to not only her Catholic Faith, but also to the members of the domestic Church created by her dedicated parents--one that includes not just the brother and sister with whom she shares a birthday, but two older brothers as well.
Well, even without the onions, there were tears!
I am now resolved to pray to the Holy Spirit--daily and zealously!--to help and guide me, so that I'll be the best Confirmation sponsor I can to this serious young Catholic. She certainly deserves that much.