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Catechism of the Catholic Church
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III. The Effects of Confirmation
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal
Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.118
1304 Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.119
1305 This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi ex officio)."120
115 Rom 8:15.
116 Cf. LG 11.
117 Cf. Council of Florence (1439) DS 1319; LG 11; 12.
118 SL Ambrose, De myst. 7, 42 PL 16, 402-403.
119 Cf. Council of Trent (1547) DS 1609; Lk 24:48-49.
120 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III, 72, 5, ad 2.
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