Saturday, April 23, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Why I Love Being Catholic (S)

The challenge is on.  Write a post each day in April (minus Sundays) using the letters of the alphabet as your guide. 

The theme I have chosen is "Why I Love Being Catholic".    

Let's continue...

S- Sacraments

Definition:  An outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. In our Catholic faith, there are seven sacraments.

Bible:  Includes, but not limited to the following:

-Baptism: Mark 1:8 I have baptized you in water; he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

-Penance: John 20:22-23 Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound."

-Eucharist: Luke 22:19 Then, taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying: "This is my body to be given for you.  Do this as a remembrance of me."

-Confirmation: Acts 8:14-17 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.  The two went down to these people and prayed that they might receive the Holy Spirit.  It had not as yet come down upon any of them since they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  The pair upon arriving imposed hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

-Marriage: Ephesians 5:31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife, and the two shall be made into one."

-Holy Orders: John 20:21 "As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

-Anointing of the Sick:  James 5:14-15 Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the church.  They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name [of the Lord]  This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his.

Personal: Our God is so great that he not only gives us the gift of grace, but gives us a tangible way to receive it and the certainty to know we've received it!  What a connection!!

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  1. Love our sacraments, Kathleen.
    We don't have any this year.
    Peyton is receiving Confirmation next year...
    I am petitioning the Bishop to allow Rhett to receive it at the same time, since I will be teaching Peyton at home. I think it would be special for them to receive it together.
    Wish me luck!

  2. I heard that there's a new balm out there for "Catholic" moms that smells like chrism oil! Seriously.

  3. Hi Kathleen! What a great overview of the sacraments, complete with Scripture references. Nice!
    My niece is getting married on August, so that's our only sacrament this year. I do love the baptisms at mass on Sundays though. Extra graces!
    Sunday blessings,

  4. I am behind here and getting caught up... I too love the sacraments. I grew up Catholic and left for several years... I will have to tell you my story one day... But it was the sacraments that brought me back to the catholic religion.