St. Ambrose, Doctor, on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit received in Confirmation


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Prescription of the day

“Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgement 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.”

St. Ambrose, who’s Memorial we celebrate on December 7, delivered this powerful prescription on the sacrament of Confirmation.  This spiritual seal is real, an indelible mark, a “character” that gives power to be an effective for Christ.

So here are some questions to consider:

  •  How are you “guarding” the gifts of the Holy Spirit, if in fact, you’ve received them?
  •  Do you let it be obvious that the Spirit is in your heart?
  •  Do you allow to develop a “holy fear in God’s presence”?


Deacon Tom Gotschall

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