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Sacraments 101

Confession Cleanses Us from Sin
Sacraments 101: Confession, Part I Life is often thought of as a kind of journey. Far from being something static or stagnant, our lives are constantly subject to change, growth, decay, and all other kinds of movement. For us as Catholics, one of the most common images used to describe life here ...

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Sacraments 101: Jesus Transforms the Ordinary into Something Heavenly
As we’ve seen in both the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, each Sacrament of the Church comes to us with a particular form and a particular matter which are required in order for the Sacrament to be valid. But if we step back for a minute, we can see that there is a coherent reason w...

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Sacraments 101: The Eucharist is the True Body and Blood of Jesus
“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on Earth: the Blessed Sacrament...there you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death.” These are words that autho...

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Sacraments 101: Confirmation, Part 2
In thinking about the Sacrament of Confirmation last month we held up St. Joan of Arc as a model for us. Her heroism as a soldier exemplified for us what Confirmation commissions us to do on the spiritual level as public witnesses of our Lord. While Confirmation is intrinsically connected to bein...

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Sacraments 101: Confirmation Makes Us Witnesses for the Lord
Imagine yourself in the middle of an ongoing war, the two sides battling back and forth to put themselves in a place of command over the other side. However, there is never a clear victor in the midst of the fighting. The war goes on and on without either side gaining dominance over the other. Now, ...

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Sacraments 101: Form and Matter - Why They Are Important
Last month we began to describe the incredible gift that Baptism is, showing how Baptism both forgives us from sin and gives us new birth in the Holy Spirit.         But it’s also important to look closer at precisely what is required for the Sacramen...

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Sacraments 101: Baptism is a Joining with Christ
As was mentioned in the first installment of “Sacraments 101,” the sacraments are the primary means by which Jesus gives us ongoing access to His treasury of grace. We now face the imposing task of unpacking what these gifts are and how we benefit from them. If we think of the sacrame...

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Welcome to Sacraments 101

Posted on September 16, 2020 in: Sacraments 101

Welcome to Sacraments 101
If one of your non-Catholic friends were to approach you one day and say to you: “What are the Sacraments all about? Why do you Catholics place such importance on them? After all, I have read the Gospels - and Jesus doesn’t use the word Sacrament anywhere,” how would you respond? W...

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