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31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Sacraments}

The Sacraments are a beautiful part of our Catholic faith. 

What is a sacrament? 

A sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace and we believe they are a necessary part of our salvation. They are how we co-operate with God’s Will for us and work with Him in transforming our lives into Holyness. The Sacraments strengthen faith and express it.

The church has 7 sacraments, all instituted or glorified by Jesus and His teaching. They are: baptism, confirmation,the Eucharist, penance or reconciliation, the anointing of the sick, holy matrimony and holy orders. 

The Sacraments aren’t superstitions. They aren’t magic. They operate within God’s plan for our salvation and they have power because God gives them power. They are sanctifying because Christ’s death and resurrection allows them to be. 

The Sacraments are outward signs of an inward truth, and they exist because we need material signs. The material, physical world isn’t inherently evil. God made us body and spirit and in His sons body and spirit will be glorified in heaven. 

I will delve deeper into each sacrament in the coming days, but I will leave you with this tidbit. As I said, the sacraments are sanctifying because God allows them to be. God gave us the sacraments because He knew we needed them, but God is not bound by His Sacraments, only we are. 

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