Asked by Anonymous at 9:15 PM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by gdiamante at 10:06 PM on Oct. 20, 2009
A sacrament is basically a saving act by Christ. It is where you receive His grace. The first sacrament is Baptism where we are born again in water and the Holy Spirit. In an infant the parents and Godparents take responsibility for the child's spirituality until the time when they can take responsibility themselves (normally at time of confirmation... another sacrament). The next would be the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy communion. These are outward signs of our love of Christ and that we are truly living in Christ. That is the best I can explain it. I know that a couple of other moms on here will explain it better. There are 7 sacraments. Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:42 PM on Oct. 20, 2009
The definition I learned as a child: A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. It's the idea that Christ through His death and resurrection won salvation for all of us. The sacraments are a way in which that saving grace Christ won for us is applied to individuals.
Here's a good basic article about it: "Catholic Sacraments: A Primer"
Answer by eringobrough at 11:14 PM on Oct. 20, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Oct. 20, 2009
Question for the other posters: What was the sign of grace that was given to the thief on the cross?
Paradise in the verse (Lk 23:43) about the thief on the cross (if interpreted literally) is not referring to heaven. It couldn't since Jesus was not yet in heaven on that day ("today . . ."). He was crucified on Friday and didn't rise from the dead until Sunday. In fact, He didn't ascend to heaven until forty days after that (Acts 1:3,9-11; cf. Jn 20:17).
Answer by eringobrough at 11:28 AM on Oct. 21, 2009
Answer by eringobrough at 11:29 AM on Oct. 21, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 8:24 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
So what was the sign of that grace?
The sacraments are more than just a symbol/sign of grace - they are how the grace that Christ won for us all are applied to the individuals. The actually do something. Christ left us with the sacraments as a means for us to individually receive the grace He won for everyone! So that grace was won for those righteous souls who died before His death and resurrection. The "good theif" went with Christ to Shoeol where other righteous souls were there. When He was there Christ preached to them and they received the grace He won for us all.
Answer by eringobrough at 9:11 AM on Oct. 22, 2009