The sacraments confer and signify the life, death, and resurrection of Christ as efficacious signs of God’s grace. Christ instituted the sacraments. Through them the Holy Spirit gathers the Church into Christ’s Body. The sacraments reveal and restore our created nature as human beings who are related in love and made in the image and likeness of the Trinity. Each sacrament echoes the Incarnation. God reveals his humility in the form of the sacraments, lowering himself into “corporeal and sensible” means to guide humanity toward “spiritual and intelligible” realities. The body is the inescapable site of the sacraments, where Christ speaks in our tongue, perfecting it, so that we might learn to speak in his. A sacrament communicates the Word of God ritually. The reciprocal penetration of the Word and the sacrament hinges on the Church’s faith in God’s unfailing promise of sacramental grace. Fidelity to the divine Word is lived out in sacramental practice. In the sacrament, the Word promises the extension and perpetuation of Christ’s redemptive activity throughout salvation history. Sacraments concretely extend … Continue reading Why the Sacraments?
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