Confirmation

The greatest and overarching effect of Confirmation is “the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost” (CCC 1302). In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Holy Spirit comes to us in the anointing, the laying on of hands, and the words of the bishop.

The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens and confirms the graces and Gifts of the Holy Spirit received in Baptism. With the Sacrament comes it effects and responsibilities, which will last the rest of our lives.

The Sacrament of Confirmation gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply as adopted sons and daughters of God. The Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us.

We are united more firmly to Christ. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. It strengthens our relationship to the Church. It involves us more deeply in the Church’s mission of bringing the Good News of salvation to all people. It helps us bear witness to our faith through words and actions.

Along with Baptism and The Eucharist, Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, and like Baptism and Holy Orders, leaves a permanent mark on our soul.

We are compelled to take what we have received by God’s grace and share the gift of life – in service to others, and we are ready to give answers to others about our faith. We are to be witnesses of Christ’s love in a world so in need of authentic love.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe (holy fear of the Lord). These are messianic gifts that Christ has in all their fullness, and, in the Holy Spirit, they are shared with us. These gifts should not lay dormant (unused), they are to be opened and used every day, in every need and every situation that affects ourselves or those around us.

If you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation and desire to receive it, please contact the St. Rene Parish office to begin the formation and instruction that are part of this great Sacrament.

 

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)