Confirmation

“[T]he effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost” (No. 1302).

Confirmation is more than our “choosing” our faith as a “coming of age ritual” in the Church. Confirmation is meant to unleash the very outpouring of Pentecost – that filling of the Holy Spirit experienced by the body of believers in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4) – into our own lives. Confirmation, like the other Sacraments, is therefore a call to live our faith boldly. Christians engage the world in a mission of transformation. Confirmation draws this transformation to a dramatic moment in the life of the believer. Whether we have already received Confirmation or not, may we fervently long for a fresh outpouring of the gift of Pentecost in our own lives.

“Those who have fallen into this worldliness look on from above and afar, they reject the prophecy of their brothers and sisters, they discredit those who raise questions, they constantly point out the mistakes of others and they are obsessed by appearances…God save us from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings! This stifling worldliness can only be healed by breathing in the pure air of the Holy Spirit who frees us from self-centeredness cloaked in an outward religiosity bereft of God. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the Gospel!”Pope Francis (The Joy of the Gospel, No. 97)