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Question / Issue:
"Is it necessary to
feel the Holy Spirit, either in general or after Baptism, Confirmation, etc.?"
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No. You may
not feel anything, but if you have been validly baptized & confirmed (or even
just baptized) you have received the Holy Spirit. And as long as you are in a
state of grace, the Holy Spirit remains in you. It is not necessary to "feel"
anything. In fact, one must be careful about "feeling" things. Feelings don't
necessary equal truth. People may feel things that are not true, and
conversely not feel things that are true. It doesn't matter if you
don't feel the Holy Spirit within you. It's kind of like 2 + 2 equals 4 no
matter how you "feel" about it. It's just a simple truth. Valid Sacraments that
confer the Holy Spirit work whether or not anything is felt – they work "ex
opere operato", or "by the very fact of the action's being performed." If you
are validly baptized, confirmed & in the state of grace, the Holy Spirit dwells
within. You don't have to feel it.
However, we should
remember that we can drive the Holy Spirit out by serious sin – whether or not
we feel it.
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