The true significance the sacrament of confirmation lies not in the forgiveness of sins, but in Jesus bringing us into his spiritual family. When Jesus died on the cross, he conquered sin and death, and that is why through Jesus our sins are forgiven. Baptism is the act of God taking us in and making us his own. The power of Christ is attached to the water in a way that supernatural events become possible. Baptism and the sacrament of confirmation are not magical actions, but rather occasions to experience the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection taking place within those who are making a commitment to him.
Gift Experienced… As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to its power.CCC #1127
Sacraments: Encountering the Risen Lord, Rev. Paul A. Feider, Pg. 20 sacrament of confirmation
The sacrament of confirmation is an action, not a thing. The Church is a we, not an it…a group of people with a strong common awareness of being one in Christ. The Book of Sacramental Basics, Tad Guzie, Pg. 32 Sacraments …symbolic expressions of sacred realities which are recognized and accepted by those who have faith… …experienced revelation of the holy…doors to the sacred… …enter into a religious dimension of human existence… …occasion an alternative of a person’s experience of space and time…an external present… In a personal experience, it makes my life meaningful. In a social experience it makes our lives meaningful. But sacred meaning, when it is experienced, is also mystery. Sacred meaning, when it does appear, does not have to appear; does not have to be xperienced. So when it does appear it is felt to be a gift, a grace. Doors to the Sacred, Joseph Martos, Ch. 1