Marian Confirmation Companion: In Home Program for Confirmation Candidates & Sponsors

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Unitedheartsdaycalendar, Incorporated, Oct 16, 2021 - 150 pages
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Joseph received Mary into his heart and home and experienced God in a surprisingly new way! Elizabeth, her child, John the Baptist, and her husband, Zechariah, received Mary into their hearts and home, and each met God in a surprisingly new way. The apostle John received Mary into his heart and home and met God in a surprisingly new way. We can all experience this today. Jesus said to His apostles: "Whoever receives you, receives me. And whoever receives me receives the One who sent me." This book guides the Candidate and Sponsor through Marian Consecration as they prepare for Confirmation.

Paul, husband and father of four, has taught Youth Ministry for 20 years, been a Confirmation sponsor for seven, and has been consecrated to Jesus through Mary for over 27 years. Building upon an understanding of Scripture, Confirmation, RCIA, and the Theology of the Body, he has adapted Marian Consecration to Confirmation preparation to bring new life to this Sacrament. This book is ideal for use by weekly Scripture study groups.

Eight reasons why this program brings new life to Confirmation:

- Novel apologetics approach to Marian Devotion.

- 20 week scripture study on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

- 20 principles of Marian Consecration, simplified.

- Evangelizes and Catechizes Candidates.

- Saints who experienced God in a surprisingly new way through Mary.

- Theology of the Body and the charism of motherhood.

- Reinforced with wisdom from many Saints.

- Sponsor & Candidate pray daily decade and keep one other faithful.

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This book is such a refreshing and practical way to approach Confirmation study and sponsorship. As a sponsor in years past, I have struggled to fully understand and embrace my role. Mostly it was just attend the meetings with my candidate, and be there for them. That is important, but there can be so much more and this book makes that possible in a very practical and meaningful way. There are many things I like about this book. It is not heavy on theology. Its written in a way that is refreshing and interesting. Marion concepts are explained in a practical way that young people can easily relate to, i.e. the role of our mothers in loving us and sacrificing for us. I really like that this book is meant to be studied by both the candidate and the sponsor. This encourages accountability for both parties, which can make the Confirmation process so much more meaningful.
All of this wisdom is taught and set out in easy-to-accomplish steps. And, since it is fully explained in the intro, both the sponsor and the candidate know what to expect – and know they will both be in it together. I especially like the way the sections on the Mysteries are written. With historical background, wisdom of the Saints, and contemporary application. There are also specific recommendations for prayer – like mini-prayer goals. It does a great job explaining the consecration principle which seems a little obscure in today’s culture, but nevertheless has great potential and power to help us grow closer to God.
To summarize, the most significant thing for me about this program is how the candidate and sponsor study and learn together. I have known the author for many years and his love for our youth and for our Blessed Mother shine through in this great study guide. I wish it was around when I was involved in the Confirmation process.

About the author (2021)

Paul E. Cranley Paul graduated from Xavier University in 1971 with a B.S. in Chemistry and from the University of Kentucky in 1974 with a Master's in Chemistry and Business. He has been a volunteer teacher for over 40 years in many aspects of Parish Religious Education, including Boy Scouts, First Communion, Confirmation, High School CCD, RCIA, Young Adult Ministry and Adult Retreat ministries such as Life in the Spirit, Christ Renews His Parish, ACTS, and Kairos Prison Ministry. Paul served as a Confirmation Sponsor seven times during these years. Paul has personally consecrated himself to Our Blessed Mother yearly for each of the last 27 years and has led over 300 others through 33 Day Consecration programs. Paul and Nancy have been married 46 years and have four children and six grandchildren.

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