‘His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion…Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
What are the Sacraments?
A simple way to describe sacraments is that they make visible, tangible and concrete the invisible reality of God’s presence, love and grace in our lives. The Church defines sacraments as “actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the ‘masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant” (Catechism 1116). “The purpose of the Sacraments,” wrote the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, “is to sanctify human beings, to build up the Body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God…They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.” In the Catholic Church there are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation (or Penance), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.