Giving Credit to the Proper Source in My Saturday Best

Most civilian Catholic parishes have Confirmation classes throughout the year, and the large ceremony after Easter, typically closer to the end of the school year. However, because the military Catholic parish of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) is a worldwide parish, Confirmation runs a little differently.

While most (but certainly not all) civilian parishes utilize a two-year Confirmation program, the AMS curriculum is a one-year program. Due to the highly transient lifestyle of the military, a one-year program will ensure all students are equally prepared for this sacrament, even if that student is moving at the end of the year.

Confirmation ceremonies in AMS begin to be celebrated within Catholic communities beginning in January, and last through the end of the school year. This way, the AMS bishops or Archbishop are able to confer this special sacrament.

Last night was Confirmation in our community. As such, I wore the appropriate colors to Mass for the Church’s recognition of the Holy Spirit – red – since He descended upon the disciples and ignited their hearts aflame.

Because Confirmation had our AMS designated bishop presiding, I attended Mass solo – I wasn’t interested in playing shoe tossing, potty running, screeching, or any other child-initiated and imagined games!

The homily focused on the fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.

However, that was not the part of Mass which struck me. Instead, it was our second reading, upon which I have spent the better part of a day ruminating.

More specifically, I spent time on the part in which we are instructed to, “Let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you…”

I have always disliked being publicly acknowledged for contributing to the workings of any project. Instead, I am more motivated by private accolades by those in charge. In the past year or two, I have learned to take compliments with a simple thank you, but have still felt uncomfortable – as though something was lacking.

Last night, sitting in Mass alone, I realized what was missing – instead of taking the credit, I would rather credit God with giving me the gifts to do my job.

Without God and His guidance, I am nothing.

On Ash Wednesday (1 March), we will be reminded we come from ash, and to ash we will return.

Without God and His guidance, I can not do all I do.

In the past month or so, I have begun to consider giving God praise when I am given compliments. But, I haven’t implemented that strategy. Perhaps now, I will try to be more intentional in giving Him that verbal praise.

With God, all things are possible, and blessed be His name.

**I’m linking up with Rosie over at A Blog for My Mom for the “My Sunday Best” series, and draw attention to the fact I got to wear heels this week! Below is My Sunday Best, even if I didn’t wear it to Mass. It’s an entire LuLa Roe outfit – an Irma up top, and leggings.**

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words – I say a prayer as I prepare each post. So, in light of my new perspective – thank you, I am grateful God has given me a perspective to share!

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  1. I always find accepting compliments awkward as well – I think I need to find appropriate responses and just suck it up and say thank you 😉 But you’re so right, it’s not ME, it’s all God!

    Love that red scarf – so glad you got the chance to rock a pair of heels without worrying about toddler chasing!

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    1. Thank you! I love the (rare) days I get to wear heels. And, sometimes the appropriate response is simply “thank you.” That said, I think I need to find a way to be more intentional about saying, “Thanks be to God for His gifts” or something like that? Ack! The brainstorming…!

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  2. ““…Cliff Barrows referred to a comment she had once made during a visit to his home: “When people come up and give me a compliment–‘Corrie, that was a good talk,’ or ‘Corrie, you were so brave,’ I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of each day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, ‘Here you are, Lord, it is all Yours.’” At the end of this tribute in Denver, after an evening full of emotional memories, looking back over a full eighty-six years, Tante Corrie was presented with a large bouquet of yellow roses. As the crowd stood to applaud her, she lifted the bouquet to the Lord and I knew she was saying to Him, “Lord Jesus, this is Yours.”

    –The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

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  3. The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

    “…Cliff Barrows referred to a comment she had once made during a visit to his home: “When people come up and give me a compliment–‘Corrie, that was a good talk,’ or ‘Corrie, you were so brave,’ I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of each day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, ‘Here you are, Lord, it is all Yours.’” At the end of this tribute in Denver, after an evening full of emotional memories, looking back over a full eighty-six years, Tante Corrie was presented with a large bouquet of yellow roses. As the crowd stood to applaud her, she lifted the bouquet to the Lord and I knew she was saying to Him, “Lord Jesus, this is Yours.”

    –The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

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  4. I love this idea! I’ve always wanted to give the credit to God without making the complimenter feel awkward. Like… “I love your hair” “well it’s really God’s hair” just sounds snarky haha. But also “I love your hair” “thanks, God blessed me with beautiful hair” sounds like favored by God, and maybe God didn’t bless those with difficult hair? It’s a tough balance! I’ll pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance!

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    1. That is *so* true, and such a good point!! I may have snorted at the “snarky” comment – hahaha! Good point that there is a tough balance to be had – I wonder if it just would be dependent on the situation?

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