Jesus promised the apostles that he would give them the courage they needed to face any fears about serving him. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). It was a promise Jesus kept. As the disciples were gathered together in fear in the upper room at the time of the feast of Pentecost they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and with great courage and conviction went forth to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.
The word confirmation means a "strengthening." Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we need to be witnesses to Christ in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit comes and strengthens those gifts we received at baptism. We are called to use these strengthened through the power of the Holy Spirit to go forth and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by anointing with chrism on the forehead. In the Gospels there are many examples of Jesus healing people with his touch. When the women with the hemorrhage touched Jesus’ cloak she was healed of her affliction and Jesus experienced power going out of him. That power, that spirit, healed and strengthened the woman. We too are strengthened by this symbolic touching by the priest during the confirmation rite. Chrism is olive oil mixed with balsam that has been consecrated by the Bishop. The oil since ancient times has been a symbol of strength; the perfume is a symbol of the “fragrance of Christ” which the Catholic Christian must spread. The word “Messiah” and “Christ” both mean “Anointed One.” The Israelites anointed priests and as a sign that they were chosen by God. Like them we are chosen by God. And like them, we are each being anointed or chosen by God for a purpose.