Sunday, September 26, 2010

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

"John baptized with water but, not many days from now, you are going to be baptized with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 1: 5)

The Holy Spirit unleashes His gifts on us in proportion to our desire and welcome. The effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation are many:

The effects of Confirmation: May 19, 2009 CONFIRMATION / GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 9

  1. Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
  2. It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!"
  3. It unites us more firmly to Christ.
  4. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.
  5. 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."

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