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Pope speaks of the effects of confirmation in weekly Audience


Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Confirmation by speaking about the effects of the sacrament. First, the gift of the Holy Spirit “enables us in turn to become a gift for others.”

Secondly, it also helps foster a sense of unity in Church; the bishop, who administers the sacrament, has a great responsibility in this. Each confirmed Catholic is “called to share in the life and mission of the Church, both universally and within local Christian communities.” 

Finally, at the handshake of peace between the bishop and confirmed, it's a reminder that everyone is working for the same goal of unity. 

SUMMARY OF PAPAL HOMILY
Dear brothers and sisters,

In our continuing catechesis on Confirmation, we now consider some of its effects. The gift of the Holy Spirit, received in the sacrament, enables us in turn to become a gift for others within the communion of the Church. 

As living members of Christ’s mystical body, we are called to share in the life and mission of the Church, both universally and within our local Christian communities. As an eloquent sign of this ecclesial dimension, the sacrament of Confirmation is ordinarily conferred by the diocesan Bishop, who, as a successor of the Apostles, is charged with fostering the Church’s unity through the rich diversity of the Spirit’s gifts. 

The sign of peace exchanged by the Bishop and the newly confirmed is a reminder that each must work for the upbuilding of the community in faith, love and Christian service. May we who have received this sacrament open our hearts each day to the liberating breath of the Holy Spirit and fan into flame the gifts we have received for the good of one another, the whole Church and the world in which we live.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Ireland, Norway, Nigeria, China, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!