- Effects of Confirmation #1302-1305
1302 It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
#1303 From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
—it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
—it unites us more firmly to Christ;
—it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
—it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
—it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:
Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.
TA pithy explanations of each of them.
Wisdom discern of divine things. Knowledge how to walk, wisdom when to do it.
Understanding penetrate in heart of the matter.
Counsel directed by God necessary for salvation.
Fortitude firmness mind to do good, avoid evil. Early martyrs singing hymns of praise
Piety filial devotion, honor the Father in all of His glory, attributes. Honor the Father, respect for fellow man.
Knowledge judge correctly matters of faith. Personal walk
Fear of the Lord, wonder and awe Creator and Judge. No fear of hell. No holy fear.
1304 Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.
1305 This “character” perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi ex officio).”120
Seeds, initiate allows us to grow in virtues so necessary, habituated actions to the good. So few people make use of the gift of Confirmation. Hide our talents under a bushel basket.