01-14-2018 Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
January 14, 2018—Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
CONFIRMATION: CONSECRATED FOR MISSION**
Have you ever been called to publicly witness or confirm what you believe? Who or what empowered you to do this?

The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of the graces received at Baptism. Through Confirmation, baptized people are “more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 1285).

During Confirmation the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.” This gift is conferred through the laying on of hands and anointing with holy oil (called Chrism) on the forehead, ordinarily by the Bishop as a successor to the Apostles, while he proclaims the words “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

At Confirmation, the Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts—wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord (see Isaiah 11:2-3), to empower us to witness to Christ in word and deed. Wisdom helps us to see people and things through God’s eyes. Understanding aids us to grasp the essence of the truths of faith. Knowledge helps us to know Jesus and to discern what is important and what is not. Counsel (right Judgment) helps us to make good choices consistent with God’s will. Fortitude (courage) helps us to face danger and overcome fear with confidence. Piety (reverence) helps us to experience our relationship with God, to act and strive to holiness in accord with this reality, and to show our gratitude through our worship, devotion, and respect. Through the gift of fear of the Lord we come to experience awe and wonder in God’s presence.

The effects of Confirmation bring an increase and deepening of our baptismal grace. It unites us more firmly to Christ, and deepens our relationship as daughters and sons of God. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. It strengthens our bond with the Church.

The Holy Spirit strengthens us for ongoing service in the Body of Christ, the Church, and in the world. We are actively involved with the Church in living, witnessing, proclaiming, and continuing Christ’s mission to promote and bring God’s reign of love, justice, peace, mercy, healing, forgiveness, and salvation in our time and place.

Like Baptism, Confirmation imprints an indelible character on the soul that “marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in his service forever” (CCC 1296). Therefore, one can receive this Sacrament only once in one’s life.

U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 16.
 Reflect on Your Experience
Which of the seven gifts do you need most in your life now?

How do you open yourself up to experience these gifts and to use them in your daily life?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Videos
"The Sacrament of  Confirmation" (USCCB)

"The Sacrament of Confirmation" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Why is Confirmation Important" (Bishop Don Hying)

"Sacraments 101 - Confirmation"

"Confirmation" (Syracuse Diocese)

Pope Francis on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

"Pentecost and the Seven Gifts" (Cardinal Donald Wuerl)

"Sacrament of Confirmation" - CCC 1285-1321 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)


Music
"Here I Am Lord" (John Michael Talbot)

"Come Holy Spirit"

"Come Holy Spirit, I Need You"

"Holy Spirit, Come Fill This Place"
Rites, Symbols, & Practices
"Symbols and Rituals in Baptism and Confirmation"

"Confirmation: Strengthened by Spirit, Called to Action" (USCCB)"

Walkthrough of the Confirmation Rite"

"Choosing a Confirmation Name"

"Choosing a Sponsor for Confirmation"
Reflection
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