A reader tells a story and has a question:
Yesterday, my 8th-grade daughter attended the confirmation of her best neighborhood friend in the Arlington, Va. diocese. My daughter will be confirmed in May, in the Washington Archdiocese, because she attends school in Georgetown (while we live in the Virginia suburbs).
Bp. Loverde of Arlington spoke -- apparently for (ugh!) 45 minutes, according to my daughter -- about a number of things including: avoiding sex and AIDS and against partial birth abortions ... noting that
Congress passed a law against it and that some are trying to get it overturned. (He also mentioned that the Holy Spirit would help them avoid drug and alcohol abuse.)
...I think the Bishop missed a great opportunity to discuss many other wonderful things at such a sacrament of initiation. .... I am not saying that the Church should not speak out against abortion ... I just don't think that a Confirmation is the best place for such a homily.
. My question to you and bloggers is: If you were to give a homily at a confirmation celebration, what would you talk about?