increases and deepens the grace we received at our Baptism
brings us closer to God
unites us more firmly to Christ
increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
strengthens our bond with the Church
gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life
(in our words and actions)
gives us a special strength and courage to defend the faith
gives us boldness to spread the Good News to others
imprints our soul with an indelible spiritual mark or seal of the Holy

Based on The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life....
"Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary
witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the
Through Confirmation, our personal relationship with Jesus Christ is
We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive 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
The Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts-wisdom, understanding, knowledge,
fortitude [courage], council [right judgment], piety [reverence], and fear of
the Lord [wonder and awe in God's presence]-to assist us in our mission and
witness. The impact of these gifts accompanies us in the various stages of our
spiritual development...
When we are responsive to the grace of Confirmation and the seven gifts of
the Holy Spirit, we begin to bear fruits of the Spirit. The tradition of the
Church names twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-
control, and chastity (cf. CCC, no. 1832; Galatians 5:22)."
(United States Catholic Catechism of Adults pgs. 207-209)
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