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Catholic Word of the Day: CONFIRMATION CHARACTER, 09-17-12 ^ | 09-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 09/17/2012 9:07:33 AM PDT by Salvation

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The indelible sign imprinted on the soul by the sacrament of confirmation. Its distinctive qualities are that it assimilates a person more closely to Christ, the Teacher of Truth, the King of Justice, and the High Priest. St. Thomas Aquinas holds that the confirmation character gives a person the power and the right to perform actions that are necessary in the spiritual battle against the enemies of the faith. He distinguishes the fighters of Christ (the confirmed) from the simple members of Christ's kingdom (the baptized) and explains that confirmation empowers and entitles those who receive it to not only preserve the faith but to make public profession of what they believe and a sense of mission to extend this faith to others.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; sacraments
Catholics have been trying to tell others here that there are three characters on one's soul (if they receive those sacraments) baptism, confirmation, holy orders.
1 posted on 09/17/2012 9:07:35 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 09/17/2012 9:11:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 09/17/2012 9:14:48 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

thank you. this is interesting, AND useful.

4 posted on 09/17/2012 9:24:40 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Elendur

You are most welcome. A lot of people do not realize these characters implanted in our souls forever when receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.

God knows that the people who were baptized as a Catholic and left the Church are still a Catholic. He can see that mark on the soul.

5 posted on 09/17/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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