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August 17th, 2009

100 words (give or take) on… Confirmation

 
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100words_confirmation-insideWhile Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation, confirmation imparts what the name implies: it “confirms” baptismal promises and calls believers into living a bolder faith. “Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace” (CCC, 1300) and calls upon the Holy Spirit to impart the gifts that the spirit offers.

“Although Confirmation is sometimes called the “sacrament of Christian maturity,” we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth (CCC, 1308). God imparts grace on us to make us bolder, despite our age or intellect.

The essential rite of the sacrament is conferred through anointing with chrism on the forehead and the words: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” The sign of peace follows the anointing. Often the sacrament is conferred upon teenagers, although some receive it closer to their baptismal age. A bishop usually confers the sacrament.

Those receiving the sacrament often take a “confirmation name,” although there is no requirement to do so. A “sponsor” promises to guide the young person in faith much like the “godparent” they had at Baptism.

 
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The Author : Mike Hayes
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  • Chelsea

    **excuse my typos since I typed quickly and did not edit.

  • Chelsea

    Forgive me for being foward but I feel as a confirmed Catholic I am called to be in some input. I believe your reasoning behind this is a little faulty. Everything that we believe as Catholics can be found somewhere in the Bible, one must simply have open eyes, open ears, and an open heart. If you are living your life as a Catholic are are believing this you may need to rethink your faith and if you are saying this about us as a non-Catholic please reconsider your words.

  • Steve Pickens

    Confirmation assumes that you have been told about the “non gospel” secrets of the Catholic faith. You must realize that nothing in the New Testament can teach you what the Church really believes. That is why it is read during the Mass of the Catechumens (before the offertory.)when non-initiates are allowed to attend.

    It means that you have accepted that all humans are God’s image and God incarnate. It is not about me (I am God) but about you (the other is God and deserves to be treated as such, no matter how they treat me.)
    And it also assumes that you believe that there is absolutely nothing sinful about being a human and that you will battle the notion that Human ‘ nature’ is faulty. The only sin that is unforgiveable is that you are sinful at all.

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