May 14: The Sacramental Life
Definitions of “Sacrament”
- “Anything that represents a hidden reality that is sacred or mysterious”
- “What makes the invisible visible”
- “Outward signs of an inward grace”
- “Doors to the sacred – invitations to a religious experience”
The sacraments, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, are efficacious signs of grace perceptible to the senses. (CCCC, 224)
The sacramental economy consists in the communication of the fruits of Christ’s redemption through the celebration of the sacraments of the Church, most especially that of the Eucharist, “until he comes”. (CCCC 220)
Sacraments recognize the human need for ritual and that God is present in our daily lives, especially during significant moments in life.
Each participant was asked to contribute to a word map. Around the room, each of the seven sacraments was identified. Each participant was asked to consider how that sacrament taught them or affected their every day life. Each answer was to be put on a post-it note next to the sacrament, and then the conversation followed.
Below are some of the words that were chosen.
For Further Reflection
The best book on the sacraments is Doors to the Sacred by Joseph Martos.