The nineteen sections of the Confirmation Rite’s introduction give us a reminder of the importance of the sacrament in the life of the Church:
1. Those who have been baptized continue on the path of Christian initiation through the sacrament of confirmation. In this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit whom the Lord sent upon the apostles on Pentecost.
2. This giving of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his Body in faith and love. They are so marked with the character or seal of the Lord that the sacrament of confirmation cannot be repeated.
The modern practice often fails, if actual numbers of the confirmed are compared to those baptized. Maybe there is lots of finger-pointing: poor catechesis, poor example of the confirmed, lack of push from pastors, parents marginally involved after First Communion of their kids.
One thing many people would agree on: how can confirmed believers be inspired to live more fully this sacramental character in such a way so as to inspire commitment from other believers and belief in those outside the Church?