We are now Confirmed Christians.
We have come to an understanding of what being confirmed means from the nature, effects and rite of the sacrament of Confirmation, to the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and finally, to the nature and mission of the Church. We know that to be a Confirmed Christian means to be committed living public witnesses of Jesus Christ.
After this important event in our Christian lives, we are faced with difficult yet necessary questions regarding the faith that we committed ourselves to. To do this is not just to simply uncover all the “How’s” of being a Christian, which we have done quite extensively. We also need the “Why’s”. Why do I need to be Christian and follow Jesus? Why do I need to express this faith through the Church? Why do we have these rituals, symbols and beliefs? These questions bring us back to the core of our very being – to our spirituality – that which propels our personal search for greater meaning and purpose in our existence. As it were and as many of our early Christians and saints have shown, our spirituality is expressed through the practice of religion, particularly our Catholic Christian religion.