Guest host Spencer Hargadon talks with Timothy Gabrielli author of Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All about Us (Liturgical Press) What are we doing when we confirm teenagers? Why is the religious education of teenagers so perplexing? Why is confirmation often a moment of graduation” out of parish life? Confirmation, more than any other sacrament, has interacted with secular culture to give rise to these kinds of pastoral challenges. At the same time, confirmation has, over the course of the twentieth century, become a sacramental stamp of approval for various Catholic renewal movements. The cultural shifts of the last century have led to various theological themes for confirmation, creating a crisis of meaning today. Is confirmation a personal choice for faith, or is it the deepening of an ongoing relationship with the Divine? Timothy Gabrielli gives us a fresh approach for addressing these pressing questions. Tim’s book is available at: www.litpress.org
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” These are the parting words of Jesus to his disciples before His glorious Ascension, words that describe the anointing that they would receive on Pentecost, which would embolden and empower them to evangelize the world. Every baptized and Confirmed Catholic receives this same outpouring of the Holy Spirit along with His spiritual gifts and charisms. These gifts are to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ and for the advancement of the Kingdom. Yet unfortunately for many believers these gifts remain largely dormant and undiscovered. In this episode we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelization and the importance of the spiritual gifts.
As Christians we know that Jesus was sent by the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit to evangelize a fallen world with the Gospel of salvation. During his earthly ministry Jesus called and formed his disciples to join him in carrying out that very mission of making disciples of all nations. This holy obligation and sacred duty was not limited to the apostles but was intended for all believers and followers of Jesus Christ, regardless of their state in life. Sadly, not all Catholics recognize that by virtue of their baptism and Confirmation, they have been anointed and appointed to evangelize. Unfortunately for many, the “Great Commission” has become “The Great Omission”. In this episode of “Making Disciples” we will outline a basic theology of evangelization and begin to explore the reasons why so many Catholics fail to recognize their call to share Christ with others.