CONFIRMATION IS NOT A SACRAMENT OF MATURITY IN THE FAITH NOR DOES IT IMPLY AN ADULT COMMITMENT TO THE FAITH.
For quite some time, many Catholics have referred to the sacrament of Confirmation as kind of a rite of passage in the faith. Confirmation is, and has always been, a sacrament of initiation, not transition or graduation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: “Although Confirmation is sometimes called the ‘sacrament of maturity,’ we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth…St. Thomas reminds us of this: Age of body does not determine age of soul. Even in childhood one can attain spiritual maturity.” (CCC 1308) We do not confirm our faith in the sacrament of Confirmation. It is not about what we do, but it is about the work of God. Go to www.catholicnh.org/lifelong for more information on sacrament of Confirmation.