The Sacrament of Confirmation is a fulfillment of the graces we receive at the time of our baptisms. As baptized Catholics, each of us has a baptismal vocation to strive to be holy and to live charitably. This is not an easy call from God, but it is important. When we are confirmed, we are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, giving us the ability to not only strive to be holy and to live charitably, but also to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others and help others strive for holiness and charity. No longer is our vocation as a Catholic just about us, it becomes about all people.
I was extremely unaware of the changes my own confirmation had on my life. I was almost 16, and I usually cared more about making sure my hair looked absolutely perfect rather than sharing my faith with those around me. It took a few years for those gifts of the Holy Spirit to manifest themselves in my life. It wasn’t until I was well into college that I began to notice how the Holy Spirit was helping fulfill my vocation as a confirmed Catholic. I was proud of my faith, I was willing to share my God-given talents in my faith community, and I wanted to help as many people as I could come to know the God that loves them so dearly.
I am often reminded of the fact that I am still growing in my faith and with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. With every year of my life, I meet new people and have wonderful new experiences, both of which make me aware of how the gifts of the Holy Spirit are working in my life. When I was in high school and even in college, I didn’t really grasp the gift of Counsel. I felt like I was overflowing with the gift of Fortitude. However, as I grow and mature I see the necessity of Counsel and Fortitude, as well as the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. My ultimate role as a confirmed Catholic (and yours, too) is to use the gifts given to me to share the love of Jesus Christ with every person I meet.