Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace?


#1

*True of False?
Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace, for it conveys the special grace of the Holy Spirit. *

I thought, False!
But when I looked in the back of the Catechism guide I have, it said true. I’m thinking, “how?”

This doesn’t make since. How do we arrive at this teaching. First of all, I thought we can always receive an infinite amount of sanctifying grace…but here it’s saying “…the completion…”

Can someone explain this to me? How do we know this?


#2

This teaching may come from Acts where some people (weren’t they Samaritans?) were baptized but hadn’t been sealed by the Holy Spirit. I believe the Apostles sent Peter and John down there to lay their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.


#3

The Church teaches that full and complete initiation into the Catholic Faith requires the reception of three Sacraments, Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation.


#4

There is an error in your OP (infinite amount) which is probably the cause of the confusion.
We do not receive an “infinite” amount of sanctifying grace.
Some quotes from Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma:

The degree of justifying grace is not identical in all the just. (De fide)
Grace can be increased by good works. (De fide)

…The Council of Trent, however, declared that the measure of the grace of justification received varies in the individual person who is justified, according to the measure of God’s free distribution, and to the disposition and the co-operation of the recipient himself. D 799

S. Scripture teaches us that the measure of the grace bestowed on each individual just person varies. Eph. 4:7: “But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ.” 1 Cor. 12:11: “But all these things, one and the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will.” In S. Scripture we read also of an increase of grace. 2 Peter 3:18: “Grow in grace.” Rev. 22:11: “He that is just let him be justified still.”

Nita


#5

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