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.

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!" (Romans 8:15);
  • 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.

The Sacrament of Confirmation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.

Published on Oct 21, 2013

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Published on Oct 4, 2011's fantastic introduction to the Sacraments series:Why do I have to get confirmed if I'm already baptized? How do I choose a sponsor as I prepare for confirmation? Why do I have the option to choose a new name?

Msgr. John Zenz reflects on the history of the theology and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation, on various ideas concerning the varying practices of this sacrament, and on the ritual elements of Confirmation. He presents the sacrament as being about proclaiming the good news of our faith to all the world and about being ready to go out to the ends of the earth as did the apostles.

This video focuses on Confirmation, explaining the connection to Pentecost, the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that deepens and perfects baptismal grace, and the mission that accompanies reception of the Sacrament. Viewing guide and other resources at Published on Feb 10, 2016.

Decisions: This is a video that helps Confirmation students, or any searching Catholic, understand the need to have direction in his/her life.

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Published on Aug 4, 2016

I recently had the enormous privilege of performing my first confirmation as a bishop, and that compelled me to do some serious studying and praying around the meaning of this great Sacrament. Confirmation is meant to set people on fire with the Holy Spirit, precisely so that they in turn can set the world on fire. Once again, the gifts that they receive are not for them. To learn more visit