Confirmands urged to be angels of consolation to others

Nineteen youngsters received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of St Anthony (SAC) on June 1, from His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam.

Jun 13, 2014

By Bernard Anthony
Nineteen youngsters received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of St Anthony (SAC) on June 1, from His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam. The multilingual Mass was con-celebrated with SAC parish Priest, Fr Terrance Thomas.

Archbishop Emeritus Pakiam, in his homily, said that Jesus ascended into heaven on Ascension Day and He, as the High Priest intercedes for us for all the blessings and graces we receive. And the greatest of these is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

He advised the 19 Confirmands (from the three combined language groups) to appreciate and embrace the seven gifts of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will enable us to overcome all fears and obstacles and help us in our mission to be true disciples of Christ; to be witnesses of His Gospel.

He added that with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to strengthen our hearts, we become like Jesus, with Him we offer up all our sufferings, worries and anxieties and are associated with Him in the work of saving the world — we identify ourselves with Jesus the High Priest.

He further elaborated that this union with Jesus required that we reach out to others, “To make known to others the merciful heart of Jesus — He is the friend that we can all depend upon, the friend who cares.” He encouraged the Confirmands to go out and meet the poor, the lonely, the old folks, the sick and those abandoned to share God’s love and compassion with them. “Be angels of consolation to others, spend an hour a week to go and reach out to them, listen to their stories and their needs. This is a great mission Jesus has given you. Loneliness is the poverty of today,” he emphasized.

Touching on prayer life, the prelate reminded the Confirmands to always ask the Holy Spirit to ‘switch on’ or to activate the gift of piety in their prayer-life so that they would see their devotions become fruitful. For many of us, going for Mass or saying the Rosary becomes routine and boring and that can happen.

“With the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will be strengthened and be true disciples of Christ. Go and build the Church Community, serving all peoples.” The homily was preached in both English and Bahasa Malaysia.

After the Mass, the Archbishop congratulated all the Confirmands and expressed his appreciation to their parents, godparents, catechists, and those who assisted in the camps for the Confirmands and Fr Terrance. The prelate also noted that great efforts had been taken to keep the liturgy uplifting, prayerful and meaningful.

The Confirmands later had a photo session with the Archbishop and Fr Terrance at the main entrance of the Church.

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