On Confirmation, it Effects on Recipients, the Holy Spirit and Speaking in Tongues
I need an honest answer from u.. from what the bible says, that the apostles in the upperroom all began to speak in different tongues ... etc. after receiving the holy spirit... what was urpersonal spiritual experience after being confirmed or what have u witnessed as a priest from otherindividuals who were confirmed??? oo and please be honest about ur answer and don't try counselingme, hahaha.
Mmmh, quite a tough one from an unexpected quarter!Anyway to begin with, I was confirmed when I was just 10 years old. I'm not sure Ifelt any noticeable extra-ordinary spiritual stuff in me then when the action was on.Perhaps too I was too young then to understand. I even was very annoyed thatmorning because the person I picked as my confirmation sponsor, did not show upuntil after the very moment of the laying on of hands and anointing with Chrism oilby the bishop. It was another person whom I barely knew that combined being my'co-opted sponsor' with being the sponsor of the person that duly picked himspecifically for that. Another funny but very true side to it is that I cannot evenremember a single word of what the bishop said in the homily!In retrospect however, I now take the experience as the 'time of confusion' thatinitially characterized the immediate reaction of the Apostles in the Upper Roomwhen they first saw the tongues of fire. It is clear that they did not immediately getthe gist. What has come down to us in the section of Acts of Apostles where thestory of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles is narrated is a carefullyreflected presentation of what may have taken place. Remember the Apostles didnot write down what happened to them immediately. It was years much later whenit dawned on them that most of them were dying off or being martyred because of the persecution that they started writing their experiences down (especially pastexperiences), as a witness that will survive them to later Christian generations likeyou and I. That is how we got our Bible. It is a souvenir from the Apostles. We thankthem for that.Connect it to the fact that after the Resurrection of Jesus, the Apostles' expressions,or do we say, reactions to the news from the women who visited the tomb thatmorning of the Resurrection were more of confusion, unbelief and indifference thanclear understanding of what was going on. The repeated appearances of Jesus wasnot for the fun of appearing and disappearing! Jesus simply meant business. Hissimple aim of the the Appearances was to assure and restore confidence in thetroubled minds of his Apostles. It was to tune down the loud and noisy volume of fear, unbelief and confusion among the Apostles. Recall Peter and John rushing outof the tomb in total unbelief. Also take into account Thomas' refusal to believe thatprompted Jesus to come back a second time after exactly one week and making Thomas practically feel the holes made by the nails.Remember too that the Apostles went back to their old business of fishing! Whatdoes that tell you? That action alone is a signal from them that Jesus promised a