This Thursday evening, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with a number of children from our Star of the Sea community. This is an important time in the faith life of our children, and we pray for those receiving the sacrament, and for their families and teachers who have supported their journey.
Pope Francis inspires us to remember the times that we received the sacraments, and to take time for prayer and reflection to enliven our faith. His catechesis on Confirmation is a beautiful reminder of the effects of the sacrament. Pope Francis outlines that the gift of the Spirit fosters a sense of unity, as we are called to share in the mission of the Church. The ‘hand shake’ of peace shared during the Confirmation ceremony, symbolises to us that as confirmed Catholics, we are called to work for peace in our communities.
Finally, Pope Francis challenges us to remember that receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation enables us to become a gift for others. As our children prepare to receive the Sacrament, it is important to think of the gifts of the Spirit as they apply in our lives. Below is an outline of each of the gifts of the Spirit, and how we can encourage and facilitate an awareness of these in our children: