Before we learn about the seven Catholic sacraments, we need to learn about what a sacrament is.
What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of inward and invisible grace.
a special appreciation of the sacred (that is, God) in the world In our daily class prayer we say: “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God”
lack of awareness of the sacred in everyday life Causes of sacramental dullness: Busyness, distraction Pain and suffering Ignorance: Not knowing what to look for or where to look
1. Listening to God Examples: mental prayer, liturgical prayer, retreats, detention
2. Responding all true listening calls for a response an experience of God calls us to respond by treating ourselves, others, the world, and God differently Rock for Peace Loaves and FishesKairos
Sacramental moments After developing sacramental awareness, we may begin to see God and the sacred in our daily lives “Finding God in all things” St. Ignatius of Loyola These sacramental moments can come after long practice… Or can be sudden and unexpected “Look at the stars…” “Remember who you are, Simba…”
According to the Church, a Sacrament is… An outward and visible sign of inward and invisible grace ◦ Outward and Visible Sign Each sacrament is visible and tangible Each sacrament uses signs, symbols, and rituals ◦ Inward and Invisible Grace Each sacrament sanctifies the Church as whole and the individuals who receive it.
Routines are sets of repeated actions without deeper meaning Rituals, while being a set of repeated actions, have several characteristics that distinguish them from mere routines. The sacraments are rituals (obviously).
Movements & Gestures with Meaning Repeated Actions Symbolic Celebrations Important Event Significant Words Links to the Past Communal Actions Participation, Not Observation