“What a joy to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with you and for you this afternoon. Present in this Basilica, the oldest Cathedral in the United States, is a diverse group of people, ranging from ages 15 to 78. But no matter how young or how old you are, what happens to you today is the same: by the prayer of the Church, the laying on of my hands, and the anointing with chrism, you will receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit; the seven gifts of the Spirit first received in Baptism will be deepened in you; and you will become fully members of Christ’s Body, the Church. Today, you take an important step in your life of faith, a step that concretizes your commitment to living according to God’s will, profoundly influenced by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
“In taking this step, you are following saints who committed themselves to God and to living according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I’d like to tell you about some saints who lived right here in Baltimore; saints who traveled the same streets that we do. Their lives were very different, one from another, but they had this common: Once they found God, there was no turning back. Their lives were forever changed! Who were these saints? And how did they follow Christ in the Spirit?”
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