What do we choose as the purpose of our life: is it to gain more money and wealth? Or to serve God in obedience and love waiting for the day He will call us to see Him face to face in eternal joy? Jesus calls us to make a clear choice… “You cannot be slave both of God and of money”.

In today’s Gospel passage, we may be shocked, confused by hearing Jesus praising the

dishonest steward. (Luke 16,1-13) But Jesus want us to understand that the children of the light need to be even wiser, eager to prepare for their Eternal Life rather than pursuing the goal of money and wealth.

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Today it is a great joy for us and a big blessing for our parish to witness the confirmation of some of our school children. Why is the sacrament of Confirmation so important?

If we do not receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, how will we be able to follow Jesus and live out our faith in him especially when hardships strike us?

We need to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in faith, hope and charity, just as the apostles also needed to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Why do we need the seven sacraments?

“The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life” (CCC #1210)

What is the meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation in its relation to Baptism and Holy Communion?

 “Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of  Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of  Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of  Confirmation, [the baptised] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (CCC 1285)

What are its effects?

Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. (…) The fruit of the Spirit is: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faith, modesty, self-control”. (Gal.5)

Fr.Antoine

 

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