31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Reconciliation}

The first three Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, are Sacraments of Initiation. They usher in a new life in Christ. However, because of the fall, this new life is damaged by sin. Both original and personal. Jesus heals us just as He healed those during His public ministry, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Also … Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Reconciliation}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Eucharist}

When I was converting, this certainly was not the deciding factor, but only because I didn't really know. Now that I am Catholic, this is the thing I am most thankful for.  The Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic faith. All we do as Catholics point towards our Lord, fully present in the … Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Eucharist}

31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Confirmation}

Following Baptism is the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation completes baptism grace. In the Roman Rite, infant baptism is typical and Confirmation usually occurs in the 8th grade.  At confirmation, the confirmands are anointed with chrism oil and sealed with the Holy Spirit. Anointing with oil symbolizes joy, cleansing, and is a sign of healing. As … Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Confirmation}