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Susan Francesconi wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can I renew the Sacrament of Confirmation or receive it again?

When I received it the first time, I was so young, and really had no idea of what I was doing.

Now, I am fully engaged in my Catholic faith.

Susan

  { Since I had no idea what I was doing, can I receive the Sacrament of Confirmation again? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Susan —

Unfortunately, the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot be repeated. However, if you weren't properly disposed to receive its graces when it was administered, you can receive those graces any time later by properly disposing yourself and praying to receive them.

A good way to do this is to attend a Life in the Spirit seminar.  While this is not an official part of the Catholic faith that is formally endorsed by the Church, it's compatible with the faith, and many people have received powerful outpourings of the Holy Spirit through it. It involves some preparation, followed by a laying on of hands and people praying for you for a fuller release of the Holy Spirit.

Another devotional that people have benefited from is a Cursillo retreat. In any case, however you do it, what's important is that you learn your faith, especially the role of the Holy Spirit, and totally put your faith in Christ.

  • Open your heart to the Holy Spirit,
  • surrender yourself entirely to Christ, and
  • pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon you, as He did to the Apostles and Disciples on Pentecost.

I hope this helps!

Eric Ewanco

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