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Chapter 16. Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission • 207

The Effects of Confirmation

Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of

baptismal grace:

—it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [becom-

ing adopted sons and daughters of God] 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.

—CCC, no. 1303

As the words of the liturgy indicate, the person being confirmed is sealed

with the Holy Spirit. This seal is called a


, marking the person

forever as called to fulfill the Church’s mission in all the circumstances

of life.

The one who gives us security with you in Christ and who

anointed us is God; he has also put his seal upon us and given

the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment. (2 Cor 1:21-22)



Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary

witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the

world. Through Confirmation, our personal relationship with Christ is

strengthened.We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more inten-

sive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who

asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the

community in loving service.

The Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts—wisdom, understanding,

knowledge, fortitude, counsel, piety, and fear of the Lord—to assist us