Sometimes words aren't enough. Sometimes it's not enough just to tell your
mom, "I'm sorry." It may take a hug as well. Sometimes it's not enough to say,
"Thank you" or "I love you."
You might give a gift. Such a special gift can become more than just the object
given. It can become a reminder of the one who gave the gift. It can become
even more than a reminder: it can become a symbol. It can evoke the presence
of the giver, the occasion when it was given, the feelings that ,came with the
Sacraments are like that, too. Sacramental symbols can say more than words
alone because, while words speak to our mind, symbols speak to our whole body.
Words may be able to explain what happens at Confirmation and what it means
to be confirmed. But we really don't "know" what Confirmation is until we experience
the ritual symbols of the sacrament. The principal symbols of the Sacrament
of Confirmation are seven:
The full text of this Youth Update explains each of these seven symbols.
- The Minister