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Today, we are used to the Sacrament of Confirmation being received at around 14 to 16 years old. The question is: why do we wait so late to receive it? The Catechism of the Catholic Church ยง1306 states: "Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation." We may be inclined to receive it at a later age, but it should be received as soon as possible. Confirmation gives great graces to the soul, the sooner those graces are gotten, the better a child will be formed. The only requirements for Confirmation is that the person be baptized, have reached the age of discretion, and be in a state of grace. In addition, receiving this sacrament at such a late age often misleads people into thinking of Confirmation as a rite of passage: a graduation. Most young adults leave the Church right after Confirmation, believing that they have done everything. Who would want to restrict access to such great and bountiful graces to children, but the devil himself? Why should we restrict access to this great sacrament when Our God has been so good as to give it to us? Let us then resolve to have our children confirmed at around the age of seven, and not impede others when they rightly seek this sacrament.

Deo Gratias