Asked by Anonymous at 5:00 PM on Oct. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by eringobrough at 6:54 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Catholic believe that this method of using sacraments - a union of the material and spiritual - is consistant with the way God made us - a union of body and soul. The grace itself would be invisible, as by its nature it must be. But the grace would come to us through the visible things that we deal with daily. And so God took the common things from the world about us—objects which we could taste and touch and feel, words that we could hear and gestures that we could understand—and made these the carriers of His grace.
Catholic Sacraments: A Primer is a helpful article.
Answer by eringobrough at 6:58 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
The Sacraments are visible signs instituted by Christ in order to attain Grace. The sacraments give sanctifying grace and each of the sacraments also gives a special grace, called sacramental grace, which helps one to carry out the particular purpose of that sacrament.
So you believe that you must do these sacraments to earn grace? I always believed that the sacraments, both for Catholics and Protestants were a visual, symbolic representation of Christs work, not a way to earn grace.
Answer by teamquinn at 9:06 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
So you believe that you must do these sacraments to earn grace?
The Catholic Church does not teach that one earns grace by receiving sacraments. Grace is a free gift from God and there's nothing we can do to earn that Grace. But it's as I explained - the sacraments are a way for us to experience God's grace. They are the means by which Jesus gave us to each individually receive the grace Christ earned for us all through His death and resurrection. Now God being God can distribute His grace anyway he wants - but Catholics understand that the sacraments are the special way that Jesus have us individually to know and experience His sanctfying grace.
Answer by eringobrough at 9:27 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by teamquinn at 11:19 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by eringobrough at 11:44 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by eringobrough at 11:48 PM on Oct. 2, 2009