Meaning of confirmation
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FAQ: What does being Confirmed mean?

FAQ: What does being Confirmed mean?

We are made members of the Body of Christ through receiving three sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation,  which we receive only once, and the Holy Eucharist which is Christ Himself. Confirmation completes and strengthens ('confirms') the spiritual “character” and belonging to Christ which are given at baptism. We are  given a more perfect share in the identity and in the work of Jesus.
 
He sends his Holy Spirit on us from God the Father to give us power and gifts (wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, fear of the Lord). We are enabled to live as a disciple of Christ, and can draw daily on the grace given by God in this sacrament so as to witness to Christ, fight against evil and defend the Church. Confirmation ‘tatoos’ your soul with the mark of Christ our King, a distinguishing mark of dignity which you carry with you into the next life
 
How we use these gifts will depend on our own unique and individual vocations. The grace given to us in confirmation enables us to grow to Christian maturity "... so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3: 17-19)
 

Faith Magazine

September-October 2016

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