Confirmation is when we reaffirm our commitment to God and His people, a stage of maturity for accepting the responsibility and joy of discipleship.
Adults and young people in Year 10 and above have their own sessions in preparation for these and are most often received fully into the church community during the season of Easter.
My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I would like to continue with my reflections on the Sacraments. The next one that come to
mind is Confirmation.
We see in the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH:
"For by the sacrament of Confirmation (the Baptised) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with the special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence, they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed"
For me, Confirmation has two sides to It. Firstly, it is that The Lord has confirmed His relationship with you, in His Life, Death, and Resurrection.
Secondly, you confirm your relationship with Him in your life, death, and resurrection.
It is by no means that there is a mutual relationship. He offers you His Life, Death, and Resurrection and you respond to Him.
He gives us all the graces (the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and the fear of God.)
The Fear of God is not fear of the presence of God, but the fear of losing Him.
May we all encourage one another to grow into such a relationship that is eternal. What more do we want?
Share our care in Lord. Your brother in Christ, Ian