As Pentecost nears, May is also a primary month for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Begin by sharing Pope Francis’ homily suggestions to confirmandi to “swim against the tide” of culture in their practice of the faith. Then use the following questions to facilitate a discussion about Confirmation, either in a high school classroom, a Confirmation preparation meeting, or between sponsors and candidates.

Questions for Discussion

  1. Share an occurrence from the past twenty-four hours in which you recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence.

  2. Recall your own Confirmation (or tell about your anticipation for Confirmation).

  3. What are the effects of Confirmation?

  4. How do the effects of Confirmation take root in a person’s life?

  5. What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

  6. Which gift of the Spirit would you most like to possess?

  7. How do you imagine participating in the Church in ten years? in twenty years?

  8. What type of Christian vocation can you see yourself in?

  9. What are some things you can do now to prepare for your vocation?

  10. How do you imagine Heaven?