Sacrament of Confirmation
Necessity of Confirmation
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Confirmation – while
not strictly necessary for salvation – is necessary to perfect baptismal grace.
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"[A]ll the sacraments are in some way necessary for
salvation: but some, so that there is no salvation without them; some as
conducing to the perfection of salvation; and thus it is that Confirmation is
necessary for salvation: although salvation is possible without it, provided it
be not omitted out of contempt." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and
"greatest theologian in the history of the Church")
"Such is the
importance of the sacrament of confirmation, that until such time as we have
received it, we cannot be considered as perfect Christians. It is true that, by
virtue of our baptism, we are children of God, members of Christ and his Church;
but, as Christians, we are soldiers: we have to confess our faith, sometimes
before tyrants, and even to the shedding of our blood; sometimes before the
world, whose false seductive maxims are the occasion of so many apostasies;
sometimes against Satan and his wicked angels, whose power is so justly feared
by the servants of Christ. The seal of the Holy Ghost confers on us a degree of
strength which baptism does not give. Baptism made us citizens of the Church;
confirmation makes us soldiers of God and of his Christ. Again, it is true that
we can [spiritually] fight and conquer with the armor of baptism; such is God's will, who
knows that the sacrament which perfects the Christian is oftentimes an
impossibility; but, woe to them that neglect to receive the completion of their
baptism!" (Dom Gueranger)
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