On May 3, at the Confirmation ceremony at the Assumption Chapel in St. Marys, Kansas, his Excellency Bernard Fellay told the confirmands, “You’re a soldier now. Be ready to receive some blows.”
He described the confirmed Catholic as a sacrificial soldier for the Faith, marked with the sign of the Cross with the oil of chrism. It was Our Lady of Fatima’s request that the good Catholic must sacrifice, “but after this,” he added, “the victory.”
Confirmation, however, does not merely make a Catholic a soldier of Christ, but also, in a more unique way, a child of God. A child who gives testimony of his Father, who is God, for “no man can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Cor. 12:3). Confirmation grants the grace to make such an act of Faith. “An Act of Faith is so high,” His Excellency said, “that we alone cannot make it.” For this reason, Christ, according to His promise—“when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father…he shall give testimony of me. And you shall give testimony” (John 15:26-27)—“sends the Holy Ghost that we may shout out Father,” his Excellency said.
The Society’s bishops, throughout the next several months, are making the rounds throughout the U.S. District to administer the sacrament of confirmation. Bishop Fellay’s circuit includes El Paso, Texas; Walton, Kentucky; St. Marys, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Long Prairie, Minnesota; Denver, Colorado; Honolulu, Hawaii; Ridgefield, Connecticut; and De Pere, Wisconsin. Bishop Tissier de Mallerais’s includes Nicholville and Farmingville, New York; Dillwyn, Virginia; Bismark, North Dakota. And Bishop de Galarreta’s Post Falls, Idaho.