This is a letter to my Son Joshua on his Confirmation Day.


The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consists when:download (1)

  • Whole man submits himself to truth,
  • He stands in judgment of his understanding and
  • Appreciates the of his power of love.

The poor-spirited man is only able, when he has been confirmed and lives by God’s grace. This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit that has led you to the profession of your faith today is the tradition of our Catholic experience. In effect, completing your baptism.

May God guide you to where there is sun and warmth, but make sure you remember rain and cold, so you appreciate all that is good in life.

May he help you be an adult who is strong and proud, but help you keep the child within who tells jokes, plays video games, listens to music and has fun with his family and friends.

May God watch over you when you make mistakes, and help you to understand that perfection is not your goal, only who you love and relate to along your journey.

Now that you are too old to hold Mom and I’s hand, may God always keep you safe.

We pray that with reverence you remember the importance of leading with your heart and how the rest of your life will follow.

As you experience your life’s autonomy, remember to understand the freedom and creativity God has given you. Appreciate the importance of living out God’s word.

You are and will always be our Son, the love of our life, but you are also a child of God. Live and grow in God’s love today and throughout your entire journey.

I love you,


Published by John Chianelli, Writer

I am second. I will share my experiences, as a child of God, husband to Daniel, father, best friend, brother, son, leader, professor, writer and photographer. My intention for this blog is to be random, with no plan, no list, no direction and no expectations. Very different from how I lived my past life. My journey has been blessed by the mercy and grace of God and unwavering love. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my experiences of hurts, laughter, discovery, friendships, Christ, and my family. Temenos is a safe circle where you can be yourself with peace of mind. Temenos originates from a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a protected, safe space in which to heal, restore and regenerate yourself. My temenos circle is a place to be still and seek Jesus. It becomes my place to pray, reflect in the word of our Lord to shrink, grow in him, and heal my soul. What is your temenos circle? By: John Chianelli ©John Chianelli and Temenos Circle. 2016-2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided the full and clear credit is given to John Chianelli and Temenos Circle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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