Importance Of Meeting Jesus In The Sacraments

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Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments "The Sacraments are not mere appearances, they are not rituals; they are the power of Christ; Jesus Christ is present in the Sacraments”(Francis). The Seven Sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Orders. Pope Francis shows that the seven sacraments are more than just words, they are actions that as Catholics we must execute. Pope Francis exhibits how they are more than observations; they are an intimate meeting with Jesus. “Let us show the joy of being Children of God, the freedom that living in Christ gives us, which is true freedom, the freedom that saves us from the slavery of evil, of sin, and of death!”(Francis p. 60). He reminds …show more content…
In the sacrament of the Eucharist we can really connect with Jesus. The Eucharist is the body of Christ and when we take the bread during mass it is the ultimate thanks to God and Jesus for their love and forgiveness. Not only do we thank them when taking the Eucharist, we are also instituted into the church through the body of Christ. Although, the main sacrament that institutes us into the Church and the Catholic faith is Confirmation. Once we are confirmed into the church, God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit for completing the sacrament. God also graces us with the seven gifts which are: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. To give our gratitude to God we must utilize the gifts we have received after becoming a member of the church, and to willingly let the Holy Spirit into our hearts. Now that we are officially part of the church, we must help guide others to find God, so that they can also become confirmed. That’s why before we are confirmed we pick a sponsor to watch over us and guide us through our catholic faith. I personally, chose my older sister Mary because I admire and look up to her, and I knew that she would be the perfect sponsor for me. After the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist, there is the sacrament of reconciliation. Reconciliation, or Penance, is …show more content…
Through the Anointing of the Sick we can really relate to Jesus and his humanity. This sacrament is a rite given to someone by a priest or bishop because the anointing and healing is done in the name of the Holy Trinity. It is usually given to someone who is very ill. Even though most Catholics are not bishops or priests, Pope Francis explains that we can still live out this sacrament in our own lives by doing the ethical thing and helping the poor and the sick by caring for them. The next sacrament is Holy Matrimony. This sacrament is when two people who are in love get married into a lifetime partnership. “We are created in order to love, as a reflection of God and his love. And through the marital union man and woman fulfill this vocation through their mutual reciprocity”(Francis p. 115). Pope Francis explains that marriage is unity and we can see Jesus in this sacrament because he too is in unity with the Father and the Holy spirit. Lastly, there is the sacrament of Holy Orders. This sacrament is the ordination of priests and bishops, and in return the vow to proclaim the gospel and be an example of holiness. Jesus specifically chose a group of disciples to repeat the good news and the story of Jesus to the world. The pope teaches us, the catholic faith as a whole, that we live out this sacrament by spreading and

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