The Sacraments -
A Personal Encounter with God

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The Sacraments bring Divine Life or Grace. Christ's Reason for taking upon Himself a Human Nature, was to Pay for Sin, by Death on the Cross, and to bring us a Higher Life: "I have come so that they may have Life, and have it more Abundantly" (John 10:10). But, it may be said, that Man already has Life. Indeed he does; he has a Biological, Physiological Life. He once had a Higher Divine Life, which he Lost. Christ came to bring that Life back to Man. This Higher Life, which is Divine, distinct from the Human, is called Grace, because it is 'Gratis' or a Free Gift of God.

Over and above Human Life, then, there is the 'Divine Christ-Life'. The Seven (7) Conditions of leading a Personal Christ-Life, are the following:

(1) We must be Spiritually Born to it, and that is the Sacrament of Baptism

(2) We must Nourish the Divine Life in the Soul, which is the Sacrament of the Eucharist

(3) We must grow to Spiritual Maturity and assume Full Responsibilities as Members of the Spiritual Army of the Church, which is the Sacrament of Confirmation

(4) We must Heal the Wounds of Sin, which is the Sacrament of Penance

(5) We must Drive-out the Traces of the Diseases of Sin, which is the Sacrament of Anointing

(6) We must Live under the Spiritual Government of the Church, which is Holy Orders

(7) We must Prolong and Propagate the Kingdom of God on Earth, which is Matrimony

 

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

 

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The Sacraments

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VATICAN CITY, December 17, 2001 - The Church's answer to Modern Man's thirst for Transcendence, is in the Sacraments, a Video-Conference of Theologians concluded.

The Video-Conference, the Fourth such Event, organized by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, involved Theologians from around the World.

"The World needs Transcendence, it longs to Know and Experience that Human Life is grafted into Divine Life", the Prefect for the Vatican Congregation, Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, said when introducing the speakers.

"The Sacraments of the New Covenant give Man this Capacity: to Transcend what is Limited and Contingent, to be Integrated in the Immensity and Eternity of God, and to recover ´the Sacred meaning´ of his own Existence, by Living a ´New Life´ of Grace", he said.

The Topic addressed by the Theologians was "Sacramental Theology from Vatican Council II to Our Days".

The Colombian Cardinal explained the importance of the Sacraments in the Church, quoting the Testimony of the Martyrs of Abitine, in Roman Africa, Punished with Death at the Time of Diocletian, for Celebrating Mass:

"We who Profess the Resurrection of Christ, as the Foundation of the Whole of the Sacramental Liturgy, repeat: We cannot Live without the Lord´s Sacraments!" the Martyrs told their Executioners.

Bishop Angelo Scola, Rector of the Lateran University, also speaking from Rome, said that the Sacraments are an Authentic Encounter of Man with Christ "as his contemporary".

The Bishop added: "The Truth is effectively Communicated in the Sacraments, as it is a Living and Personal Event that continues to be so in the Living Reality of the Church, which is made up of Concrete Persons".

"In fact, Jesus Christ, a Living Reality, can only Communicate Himself through another Living Reality: the Church", he concluded.

 

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Forgiveness of Sins

In Him we have Redemption through His Blood, the Forgiveness of our Trespasses, according to the Riches of His Grace

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Act of Perfect Contrition

from the Small Catechism of the Catholic Religion, by Bishop John Neumann of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) A Definition of Sacramentals

from a Book by Father Arthur Tonne

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Notes on Sacramentals Instituted by His Church

by Theologian, Father William G. Most

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Seven Sacraments

A Synopsis of Church Teachings on the Sacraments

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Basics of Holy Communion

by Theologian, Father William G. Most

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Human Face of Divine Forgiveness

Part I of a Three Part Series by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Frequenting the Sacrament of Penance

Part II of a Three Part Series by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Fruitful Use of the Sacrament of Penance

Part III of a Three Part Series by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Reflections on the Seven Sacraments

by Theologian, Father William G. Most

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) These are the Sacraments

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen - Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Anointing of the Sick

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Baptism

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Confirmation

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Holy Eucharist

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Holy Matrimony

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Holy Orders

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Penance

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Sacrament of Reconciliation

by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) MP3 Reflections on the Sacraments

A Series of Thirteen (13) Reflections, of about Thirty Minutes each, by Father Pablo Straub, CSSR, a long-time contributor to Prime Time EWTN Television