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What is the meaning of confirmation?

BY The Editors

September 25-October 8, 2011 Issue | Posted 9/16/11 at 4:58 PM


“Confirmation perfects baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds,” states the Catechism (1316).

In addition, “Confirmation, like baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life” (1317).