The Sacrament Confirmation
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Confirmation is the Sacrament which gives us the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It completes the grace we receive at Baptism and helps to make us strong and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

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Who is the ordinary minister of Confirmation?
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The ordinary minister of Confirmation is a Bishop.

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How is Confirmation administered?

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Confirmation is administered by the bishop who anoints the candidate on the forehead with the holy oil of Chrism, the laying on of hands, and saying: ‘Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit’.

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What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are the permanent dispositions which help us to live the Christian life and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them.

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How many Gifts are there and what are they?

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There are seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord

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Why are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit important for us?

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are important for us because they help us to:

make wise decisions about important matters;

understand the real meaning of life;

advise and help others to make the right decisions;

be strong to uphold and do what is right and to condemn and avoid what is wrong;

to know the teaching of God and our true destiny;

to give true worship and praise to God;

to fear offending God who is our loving Father.

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What are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

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The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are the virtues produced in our lives when we exercise the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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How many Fruits are there and what are they?

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There are twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,

Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity.

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When will we know that we are producing these Fruits in our lives?

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We will know we are producing these Fruits in our lives when we are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, generous, gentle, faithful, modest, when we exercise self-control and when we are chaste and pure.

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