I was confirmed 2 years ago as an adult. In my gradeschool years, I missed confirmation. Can I tell a difference?
Between spiritual discipline and physical discipline, I would say, without a doubt, spiritual discipline is so much harder. Doing my darndest to stay away from sin takes a lot of fortitude. When I compare what’s needed to stay away from my sins to eating foods … no comparison, staying away from sin is so much harder than staying away from pizza.
Physically, after confirmation, I wanted to get healthy, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, that kind of stuff. In a matter of 3 months after confirmation, I lost 50 pounds. It has changed my whole physical paradigm, I eat healthy, exercise, and have trimmed down to less than 10% body fat (that’s a huge accomplishment).
I joined an aposolate for evangelization. I’m a catechist for 6th grade at my local parish. I’ve gone on an ACTS retreat. I’ve brought an agnositc and a protestant to a Mass. My wife, as a natural Buddhist, saw the love in my family between my dad and brother and, at the confirmation Mass, she looked upon us and realized that she wants what we have. That was then, this year, my wife is in RCIA and just accepted the faith and is now officially a “catechumen”, yay!
As a final note, please don’t limit the Holy Spirit to 7 gifts, those are the classics, but God can give you graces, charisms, talents, and a whole host of other gifts that are way beyond the 7 listed. The Spirit has filled with me with so many gifts, I just offer all my talents to ultimately work for the Will of God.