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Pope: it is important that young people receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, to spread the faith and live as true Christians
Do everything possible "so that Christian initiation may be accomplished. After the Sacraments the general audience catechesis will be dedicated to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. "May the relevant authorities do everything possible, so that employment, which is the source of dignity, is everyone’s central concern".
Vatican City ( AsiaNews ) -
"It is important that young people receive the Sacrament of Confirmation ,
through which one receives the Holy Spirit and is thus more firmly united to
Christ and to the Church, to spread the faith and live as true Christians".
Pope Francis dedicated his
general audience to the sacrament of Confirmation, the third in the series on
the sacraments. He addressed 20 thousand people present at the general
audience, despite the cold and rainy day, about which he also joked. "In
these past few Wednesdays - he said - we have been blessed from heaven half way
through the audience, but you are brave, onwards!".
And at the end of the audience,
waving to a group of workers he expressed the hope "that every effort be
made possible by the competent bodies, so that employment - which is a source
of dignity- is everyone's central concern. No-one should be without work! It is
a source of dignity". He then added a plea for "institutions to
enhance their commitment in support of victims of usury, which is a dramatic
social evil ... when a family has nothing to eat because it has to repay loan sharks,
that is not Christian! It is inhuman! It is a dramatic social evil that wounds the
inviolable dignity of the human person".
Confirmation, the Pope went on to
explain, "is to be understood in continuity with Baptism , to which it is inseparably
linked. These two sacraments, together with the Eucharist, form a unique
salvific event, Christian initiation, in which we
become part of Jesus Christ who died and rose again and in which we become new
creatures and members of the Church. This
is why originally these three sacraments were celebrated in a single moment, at
the end of the catechumenate, usually at the Easter Vigil. Thus the course of
formation and of
gradual insertion into the Christian community, that could last for several
years, was finally sealed".
"The term Confirmation - he
continued - reminds us that this sacrament brings an increase of baptismal
grace: it unites us more firmly to Christ; it completes our bond with the
Church; it grants us the special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and
faith, to confess the name of Christ and never to be ashamed of His Cross . 'This
is why it's important to take care that our children, our young people receive this
sacrament. We all take great care that they are baptized : and this is good!
But perhaps we were less concerned for them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:
thus they are stuck in the middle of the journey". This
sacrament "is very important in Christian life, because it gives us the
strength to go on ! Let's think a little about this, each of us: Do we, really,
care about our children and our young people and that they receive the Sacrament
of Confirmation? It is important, this
is important. If you have children at home, teenagers who have not yet received
it and are old enough to receive it, do everything possible to bring this
Christian initiation to completion, so that they receive the power of the Holy
is important!. Of course it is important to offer a good preparation to those
receiving it, which should aim to lead them to a personal commitment to faith
in Christ and to awaken in them a sense of belonging to the Church".
like every sacrament is not the work of men, but of God, who takes care of our
lives to mold us in the image of his Son, to enable us to love Him as He does
us this by instilling in us the his
Holy Spirit , the action of which pervades the whole person and all of his or
her life , as reflected by the seven gifts that tradition, in the light of
Sacred Scripture, has always stressed " . He
then recalled the seven gifts of "wisdom, understanding, counsel,
fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of God". The Pope also announced that after the
catechesis on the sacraments, he will dedicate those that follow to the seven
welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts - he concluded - and we let him act,
Christ makes himself present in us and takes shape in our lives. Through us, He will, Christ will pray,
forgive, infuse hope
and consolation, serve our brothers and sisters, be close to the needy and to
the last, create community, sow peace. Just think about how important this is:
that through the Holy Spirit , Christ himself will do all this in the midst of us
and for us ! So it is important that children and young people receive this
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