17. Aug, 2017

Confirmation 2017 in Moora

Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

It is my great joy to ask Siobban, Sara, Milly, Hunter, Kingly, Lindsee, Charlie, and Riley to come forward and present their chosen conformation Saint.

 

 

 

  • Siobban: “I have chosen Elizabeth of Hungary as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Sara: “I have chosen Mary MacKillop as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Milly: “I have chosen Mother Teresa of Calcutta as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Hunter: “I have chosen Benjamin as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Kingly: “I have chosen Mother Mary as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Lindsee: “I have chosen Augustine of Hippo as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Charlee: “I have chosen Bernadette as my confirmation Saint because…
  • Riley: “I have chosen George as my confirmation Saint because of his courage and wisdom"

Through confirmation you are going to receive the Holy Spirit just like the Apostles did on the day of Pentecost. You will be given the power to use fully the gift of new life that you received in Baptism, so your life may be of the Spirit, giving witness to the life Jesus. As you have learned how the Saints lives were directed by the Holy Spirit, so you are called to share God’s love with the world.

Through Confirmation the love of God poured into your hearts at baptism will be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You will be conformed to Christ (become more like Jesus), and will be made full members of his Church.

Those gifts are to make the Church holy and one which now will become your responsibility. By the influence of the Holy Spirit you will come to know the wisdom of God in all its richness to build up the Church. That is why, what the Church builds up on earth, is also bound in heaven. It is not that we are doing the building, rather we are using the gifts that God gives us, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence and fear of the Lord are wonderful. But it is the fruits of the Spirit that we want, because fruit is something we all enjoy. The fruits that result from the sharing of our gifts are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Everyone enjoys these things.

Things like hatred, strife, jealousy, anger, fighting, dissensions, factions, envy – do we like these things? These are the rotten fruits of a life without God. I enjoy myself much more when people are good to me; when they are loving, joyful, and patient with me…when they are kind to me. When you contrast these fruits of a good and bad spirit, it is clear how wonderful the life of the Spirit is 😊

My dear brothers and sisters, you are about to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was himself anointed by the Holy Spirit in the baptism he received from John. Then the Spirit sent him forth to complete his work by pouring out the fire of God’s love upon the earth, ending in our salvation.

You who are already baptized will shortly receive the power of his Spirit and be signed with his Cross on your foreheads. But first, I ask you to call to mind the faith which you professed in Baptism or which your parents and godparents professed with the Church.