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Catholic Confirmation is the sacrament that strengthens us in the faith until final perseverance. It gives us the weapons necessary to fight our own faults, the devil, the flesh, and the world.
Learning its definition and the other Confirmation answers to the quiz questions is easy with practice.
In preparing our children for Confirmation, we found that the Baltimore Catechism even in its many versions has had the most precise and concise Catholic answers.
We had studied many books and found that some catechisms have answers that leave room for doubting the sacrament itself; yet, this is the very sacrament that gives confidence: confidence - con fide - means "with faith".
How can one have confidence when the booklet has conflicting answers?
We use the Baltimore so the children learn the right Catholic Confirmation answers the first time.
Be encouraged to help your children to study these answers and to prepare well so that they receive the most graces possible. The better they prepare the more well armed soldiers of Jesus Christ they will be. This is the way to have an easier trip to the highest place in Heaven as God wills.
Confirmation confers the strength necessary for us to persevere. It gives us the right to the graces necessary to be Jesus' soldiers in all that we do.
If you are fortunate enough to have the great grace to be able to receive Confirmation, go for it. You'll get to Heaven easier.
So many Catholics today are not convinced that there is a need for the sacrament of Confirmation which is just too, too bad because there are so many missed graces. Not receiving Confirmation is a reason so many Catholics are not strong in their faith or have to watch their children and grandchildren leave the faith.
Worse, many bishops are delaying Confirmation till the children are out of school. At one point I received several calls a year from catechists and parents who complained that their bishop requires the confirmandi to be 18 years old.
Parents are afraid that if their children do not prepare for Confirmation during school they will not have the time or motivation to do it later in life. I think that they are right.
You can teach your children these truths on your own. That's where our Catholic Confirmation resources are so helpful. Even if you simply copy the audio files to an MP3 player for the children to listen, they'll have heard the truth. If they're trying to memorize the answers, the audio is a huge help - especially for audio learners! Give them headphones for a better experience.
The Baltimore Catechism is based on the Council of Trent catechism.
It teaches that even those who have merely attained the use of reason can and should receive the sacrament, and that is mainly so that the child is able to remember receiving Confirmation.
The sacrament of Confirmation can be received even by infants, especially those in danger of death.
You'll find it is such a great grace for your children to receive this strength and the sacramental graces now, so that our happiness in eternity is brighter and surer; and our lives here on earth are safer and happier.
Be sure that your Confirmation program concurs with the traditional Baltimore Catechism questions and answers.
Oh, and if you or your students are curious, the Catechism of the Council of Trent is not a tricky book to read. I found it very interesting and helpful and our high school children read it in eleventh and twelfth grade.
On Pentecost Sunday, 10 days after Ascension Thursday, the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles who were made strong enough to teach the Catholic religion, and thousands of people converted to the Catholic Faith that very same day.
He confers those very same gifts on each one who receives the sacrament of Confirmation worthily throughout all these centuries. Also, when we face a spiritual battle we can count on the graces necessary to win; be encouraged, we have the right to these graces!
The better disposed we are, the better we can imitate Mary and the Apostles. Being disposed is not an academic or social matter. As one question asks, the requirement is simply:
There are many saints who could neither read nor write and a huge percentage who lead very hidden lives, so do not fret that your children have to be academically sharp to receive Confirmation. As a matter of fact, it might just be what gives them the wisdom, understanding, and councel necessary to improve their thinking abilities.
Saint Anne's Helper's Catholic Confirmation catechism asks the question What is Confirmation? rather than the subjective "What does Confirmation do for you?" It gives the Catholic answers with clean definitions without clouding the truth with the early Church inventions of modern writers.
What is holy Chrism?
"Holy Chrism is composed of olive oil and balsam blessed by the bishop on Holy Thursday."
Chrism is made of olive oil and balsam as taught in the old Catholic Confirmation catechisms. If the matter (chrism) and form (words) are correct, we can be certain that we are receiving the same gifts as the Apostles and Mary received at Pentecost.
This question is very interesting today as traditional Confirmation ceremonies still use olive oil.
Here are other questions that many new catechisms do not teach that many traditional priests still ask:
What are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost?
"The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord."
What are the Fruits of the Holy Ghost?
"The twelve fruits of the Holy Ghost are: charity, joy, peace, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, long-suffering, modesty, continency, chastity."
Who are the enemies a soldier of Jesus Christ must fight against?
"The enemies a soldier of Jesus Christ must fight against are namely these three: the world, the devil, and the flesh."
There are several answers for the definition of the world, the devil, and the flesh as well. Here's a super important question:
Which weapons has Jesus Christ given us to use?
"The weapons Jesus Christ has given us to use are:
The weapons we are to use in our daily life are the same as Jesus Himself used, like prayers and sacrifices. There's no big social project necessary.
Confirmation is the sacrament that gives the grace to even very small children to be brave enough to confess the faith even unto martyrdom. It also gives us the right to God's grace in our everyday lives. Count on it.
A good Catholic Confirmation catechism teaches the important facts about the sacraments in a true, concise and memorable manner. For example: One who is Confirmed needs to know when to honor the Third Commandment.
If your Confirmation catechism does not have these same answers, you might want to supplement your program using our downloads (see below or on our order page).
Choosing a Catholic Confirmation name can require much study if you are searching for that perfect patron saint! An idea is to think of your favorite name and find out what the saint was like, or read a collection of saints lives to find your favorite patron saints. It is easy if the catechumen has already been reading good Catholic books about the saints' lives.
See our growing list of Roman Catholic saints and our notes below so as to choose between patron saints for Confirmation names. It is very good to study the Roman Catholic saints the year before Confirmation preparation, so you are familiar with the choices you have for your Confirmation name.
Here's more information for choosing a Confirmation name based on a saint's story you like, a name you like, or for what virtue the saint is patron. Here are some examples:
Other ideas are to check lists that are found in Catholic liturgical calendars and the book Is it a Saint's Name? by Tan Books. This is our favorite Catholic saints list because the booklet has instructive information about naming in general and Catholic names in specific.