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Chapter 16. Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission • 211

permanent relationship with God and indicate that these Sacraments

may be received only once.

• “When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, its con-

nection with Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal

of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the

Eucharist helps underline the unity of the Sacraments of Christian

Initiation” (CCC, no. 1321).


There are those who have said that courage in witnessing our faith is

one of the best proofs for the existence of God. Confirmation is the

Sacrament that makes possible courageous witness. The never-ending

stories of martyrs and other Christian heroes and heroines throughout

the centuries to the present provide ample evidence of the Holy Spirit’s

gift of courage. Today, there are plenty of opportunities to act coura-

geously on behalf of the teachings of Christ and the Church, to promote

the stability of marriage, to support the ideals of family life, to be brave

in defending human life from conception to death, to be steadfast in

seeking justice for the oppressed, and to be determined that the light of

Christ’s compassion and peace will shine everywhere on earth.


Come, Holy Ghost (A Hymn to the Holy Spirit)

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,

and in our hearts take up thy rest.

Come with thy grace, and heavenly aid

to fill the hearts which thou hast made.

Breathe on me breath of God, my soul with grace refine,

Until this earthly part of me, glows with your fire divine.

—Edwin Hatch