If the sacraments are God's masterworks, how then should I approach them? What does it mean to say that the sacraments are the way that God brings us into a relationship with Him? How and why did God choose to bring us His salvation through the Church in His sacraments? What does it mean to share in the Divine Life? If I am looking forward to receiving the sacraments, how can I prepare and in what ways is God helping me? If I have already received a sacrament, how can I benefit from it's effects?
Father, we thank you that we can participate in your divine life through your Son in the Holy Spirit poured out to us in the work of your sacraments administered by your Holy Church. Amen
St. Alphonsus Liguori
If I am a member of the Catholic Church, do I frequently seek to strengthen my relationship with God through frequent reception of the sacraments (Confession and Holy Communion)? If I am anticipating membership in the Catholic Church, am I making sufficient preparation to receive the sacraments? Do I have a genuine faith? Am I really repentant of my sins?
Catholic Encyclopedia: Sacraments
Catholic Encyclopedia: Sacramentals
Outside da Box: The Seven Sacraments
Elements of the Catholic Mass: Sacramental Signs
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