In a couple of weeks, I will have the great joy of watching the young people in our Confirmation class receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I have assisted in their classroom all year, and now the moment has come.
They will be anointed with Holy Chrism Oil. They will be anointed by one who has been given the authority by the Church (through 2000 years of apostolic succession that began with Our Lord and St. Peter) to anoint them and send them into the world. The Holy Spirit will come upon them in a profound way. And they will be empowered to share the Good News of the Gospel with others.
And really, isn't that what we do as Catholic writers? There are many gifts (writing is our gift), but one message.
Isaiah (61:1) sums it up this way:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.
To those newly confirmed, God bless you as you fulfill your calling in Christ Jesus!