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Kathleen Summers wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a Catholic who was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

I believed in the Sacrament of Confirmation because I was still in grade school; it wasn't a choice. When I was of adult age and married with children, I went to a "Life In The Spirit Seminar" and had hands laid on me.

It was the most beautiful experience I have ever had. I believe that experience to have been the true baptism in The Holy Spirit.

  • Am I wrong in my understanding?


  { Do I understand the relationship between Baptism, Confirmation and a "Life In The Spirit Seminar"? }

Eric replied:

Dear Kathleen,

What happened is that when you were confirmed, you were not well disposed for Confirmation (meaning you had an incomplete understanding of what it was about and were not, in a sense, spiritually prepared for it and were not cooperative).

You received the Holy Spirit but it did not manifest itself. You received the gift, but did not open it. It lay there unopened and unused for years, until you were ready to appropriate it in a Life in the Spirit Seminar, now that you understood things and became properly disposed. You "opened" the gift you received at Confirmation and Baptism.

Consider how Paul instructed Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6–7 (RSVCE, NKJV):

"For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control."

2 Timothy 1:6–7 (RSVCE, NKJV, NRSVCE)



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