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Saturday, 11 February 2012

On being a soldier of Christ from the CCC

If the Pope called a Crusade, would anybody come?

III. The Effects of Confirmation
1302 It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full 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!";115
- 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;116
- 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:117
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.118
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.119
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

Do we need reminders of our Confirmation duties and gifts? It is not an option for a confirmed Catholic to sit on the fence, do nothing, or worse, chose error over Truth.

We have power, and can you imagine for one moment what a different world it would be if all the confirmed Catholics lived the full life of grace, never compromised, and were soldiers for Christ in the world? 


New Sister said...

I shed tears of joy contemplating the tremendous grace of Faith - it is my greatest treasure. I will be confirmed 8 years this Divine Mercy Sunday. I was duly baptized as a baby but never learned my faith thereafter, even though I somehow was able to dress up and receive my first Holy Communion at age 8. My first Confession was at age 35 (ouch - it took me 3 tries to actually do it, but then O, what grace -- consolation so sweet I shall never forget it!!!) You bet I celebrate my Confirmation, and my great patron Sainte Therese - and Teresa of Avila, I claim them both!! (don't think Therese minds that I love her patron so much.) I either throw a party or take friends out on the anniversary of my Confirmation. This past year I was in Afghanistan and ended up missing Holy Mass - I showed up right as it was ending. The merciful chaplain saw the sadness on my face; we walked to a private little chapel he managed to build there, where celebrated Holy Mass again, just for me!!!! I was on my knees weeping the whole time.
Thanks for letting me talk about my Confirmation, Supertradmum. I so love to share how blessed I am, how good God Is. I think it's important to pray to discern the special character that comes with this Sacrament. I realized within a year of my Confirmation that I had been given the charism of an evangelist, or so I deeply believe. Only those who have known me a long time understand what an unlikely choice I was for this duty, which is so like our LORD, is it not? I strive to serve Him well, by His grace of course.

sorry to post so much; I just love the topics you choose. God bless you, and goodnight!

Supertradmum said...

God bless you and your Faith shines through your post. I encourage you in your call. We are all evangelists by the grace of our baptism. Some just take it more seriously, like yourself. Sometime, you will have to write something here as a guest on Afghanistan. Please do.

New Sister said...

Dear Supertradmum, I would be honored. I can get to writing some reflections this weekend. There are many angles from which I could write about my experience there - the coalition; our mission; the Afghan people - all of the above. Just let me know what you are looking for and how to send it to you (I think you have my email by my registering to post.) Thanks again for this excellent blog - In Christ,