Sealed with the gift of the holy spirit
Being confirmed in the Church means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny.
Mt 3:13-17; Jn 1:33-34.Return to General Audiences on the Holy Spirit.But he can do so only with the "myron" consecrated by a bishop.101 1291, a custom of the Roman Church facilitated the development of the Western practice: a double anointing with sacred chrism after Baptism.When God says that we are sealed by His Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation in Jesus, He is giving us a very powerful revelation on what is actually occurring in the spiritual realm.Thomas reminds us of this: Age of body does not determine age of soul.The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and ordination is the sign of consecration.On the threshold of the third millennium, let us invoke the gift of the Paraclete to revive the effectiveness of the grace of the spiritual seal imprinted on us in the sacrament of Confirmation.Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith.For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.(1 Corinthians 3:17) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.Not only are we receiving the presence of the Holy Spirit, but we are also being sealed with His actual presence.(2 Corinthians 1:21) In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption.By bringing baptismal grace to fulfilment, Confirmation unites us more firmly to Jesus Christ and to his Body, the Church.109 2 Cor 1:21-22;.This sacrament is called.The Bible says that we have three parts to our beings body, soul, and spirit.The Acts of the Apostles tell us clearly that the Spirit was poured out upon the Apostles, so that they would become witnesses (Acts 1:8;.The East has kept them united, so that Confirmation is conferred by the priest who baptizes.We will now examine the salvific value and spiritual effect expressed by the sign of anointing, which indicates the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit (cf.God the Father has marked you with his sign, Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed the Spirit in your hearts as a pledge (De Mysteriis, 7, 42; PL 16, 402-403).To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.
Isa 11:2; 61:1; Lk 4:16-22.