Other than infant baptism, how does the Catholic Church insure that they come to confess Jesus Christ as Lord as they come of age? Do you lose your salvation if you don’t observe the sacraments?
The Council and the Popes have called for long-term ongoing adult existential catechesis based on Holy Scriptures in groups among peers with input from experienced peers as well as clergy. Sadly it hardly happens.
Also, confirmation is supposed to fill us with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and make us “soldiers”.
We risk losing our salvation if we don’t trade with the talents and gain a share in others’ crowns like St Paul and if we don’t feed our fellow servants in time and if we beat them up and if we stunt the growth of the widows and orphans.
But to those who haven’t been shown how or given proper opportunities, I think God will be extra kind.
I think the main way we can “fight”, “trade”, “serve” etc is to intercede, even if we don’t know for what intention, and even if we are left lonely.
Firstly, we recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation when we are of age to confirm our baptismal acceptance of Jesus as Lord and God given for us by our God Parents at that time.
Secondly, the Sacraments are not “observed” like laws. They are gifts of the Holy Spirit given to strengthen our resolve, forgive us our sins, receive the very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist, (our most precious gift.) sanctify our Marriage, give salve on our death, confer the priesthood of Melchizedek on our pastors etc.
We believe as Saint Paul preaches that we have to run the good race, continuing to confirm our love of Jesus in our words, actions and prayers all our lives, using the talents God has given to us to have some good to offer Him for His gifts. We always fail and thus we are a church of sinners, always remorseful, pleading for His forgiveness, but relying on the sonship of our Baptism for his mercy, always more than seven time seventy. We are His people wandering in a fallen world, awaiting His return, ever mindful of His promises to even the Good Thief; reliant always and only on His Death and Resurrection for our Salvation, but mindful of our need to let our light shine amongst men. Simple really.
The Church does offer the sacraments, but if one is separated from the sacraments after baptism – say, through living in a remote location where access to the sacraments is rare – each individual can still have a personal relationship with the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit – through prayer, through the scriptures.
We had a priest at my parish who had served in South America for many years, and he told us that there were some villages where he or one of his fellow priests would only get to once every month or two. They would stay for a few days and then have to move on to another remote village.
Of course these souls were not left to eternal damnation! :eek:
OK, so here in the US, many of us live in large cities where access to the sacraments is ridiculously easy. And refusing to receiving the sacraments could endanger one’s salvation.
Why? Because the sacraments are encounters with the Living God. If one refuses confirmation, one is refusing an encounter with God the Holy Spirit. If one refuses confession, one is refusing an encounter with God’s forgiveness. If one refuses to receive the Eucharist, one is refusing a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
The sacraments are not magic. They are encounters with God. They deepen our personal relationship with God when we enter into them with a humble and grateful heart.
The Church offers the sacraments through her priests, and Catholics are offered a number of different ways to increase their knowledge of God and the Church – but each person has to take responsibility for making the effort to engage in personal prayer, reading the scriptures, etc. Sadly, many Catholics don’t do this at all
God bless you!
This is true for the Roman Church, but Eastern Catholics confirm infants along with baptism.
To each their own. I prefer the value of an informed personal confirmation. Makes more sense to me.
Catholics confirm their baptism every Sunday in The Creed.
On going evangelization
Homiles, retreats. missions etc etc
“Faith opens us to knowing and welcoming the real identity of Jesus, his newness and oneness, his word, as a source of life, in order to live a personal relationship with him. Knowledge of the faith grows, it grows with the desire to find the way and in the end it is a gift of God who does not reveal himself to us as an abstract thing without a face or a name, because faith responds to a Person who wants to enter into a relationship of deep love with us and to involve our whole life.”
~ Pope Benedict XVI (Sunday, 14 August 2011)
“Happy are you who believe!” (cf 1 Peter 2:7). Let us turn to Jesus! He alone is the way that leads to eternal happiness, the truth who satisfies the deepest longings of every heart, and the life who brings ever new joy and hope, to us and to our world."
~ Pope Benedict XVI (Homily at Yankee Stadium)
“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”
~ Pope Benedict XVI Deus Caritas Est
“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.”
~ Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel)
Catholics proclaim thier belief in Jesus when they take his flesh into thier own bodies. In the Roman rite this is done weekly after the age of reason. We proclaim “amen” as we do so. It has zero to do with confirmation as that has been protestantized in many areas as a sort of “choice” to follow Jesus. This is not what the sacrament is about. Many of age people recieve the Eucharist before confirmation. Our faith in Jesus has nothing to do with the magical age of 15…