The sacraments form a central celebration of the different stages of our life and faith, and are special moments when we receive grace, the free and wonderful gift of God's unchanging love.
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we return to a new way of being with Churches and Temples now being re-opened, I would like to reflect on our new way of thinking in the process.
To help us do this, not the "do's and dont's," but the way to reflect on the Sacraments. let me begin by saying that a Sacrament is a Sacred (Divine) sign expressed in Human form. There are two sides to it. The Relationship and the Event that the Event expresses Relationship. We don't come to get "done", but to become more aware of who we are, God's beloved adopted children, where He invites us to share His Human and Divine Life. We see, in faith, that we have Jesus and Mary as a perfect example,
We can read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1210) " Christ instituted the Sacraments of the New Law. (He came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfil it in a new way). There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase Healing and Mission to the Christian's life of faith, hope and love. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of spiritual life." These moments are very special, when we receive Grace, the free and wonderful gift of God's unchanging Love.
I hope to continue to reflect on all seven sacraments individually over the next seven weeks.
May we continue to pray for each so as to open ourselves fully to such wonderful gifts for each other and all humanity. Fr. Ian