Which are The GREATEST Sacraments?


      

 

Which are the GREATEST Sacraments?

By Patrick Miron

Right away I need to point out the glaring ERROR in the heading. Because God who is “Good and Perfectly Good” is the “author”; the initiator ; and the owner of all Seven Sacraments; so each, in its own way; like God Himself is “Perfectly Good.”

BAPTISM: Is required by God for entry into heaven John 3:5; Mt.28: 18-19

Confession / Reconciliation/ Penance: Is the Only & normal way God forgives Mortal sins; also necessary for ones salvation.

1 John 1:8-10; 1 John 5: 16-17 & John 20:19-23

Eucharist /Holy Communion: is Christ himself and permits one to become more Christ-Like

John Chapter 6: notably verses 40-57

Confirmation: Invites the Holy Spirit into our hearts, minds and souls, as long as we are in  “the state of God’s grace.”

John 14:16; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:3-6; Heb. 6:2

Matrimony: Sanctifies marriage; strengthens it, blesses it and makes it POSSIBLE to endure its many challenges.

Matthew 5: 30-32;  Mt. 19:10-11; Eph. 5:31-32

Holy Orders: The gift of the Catholic priesthood from which flows Bishops, Popes, Vowed Religious and Deacons. Sustaining, growing and maintaining Christ One True Church. Acts 6:3-6; Acts 13:2-3; 1 Tim. 3:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-9; 1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; 1 Tim. 5:22.

Anointing of the Sick.Anointing prepares the person for death, and only incidentally may produce physical healing. The salvation and resurrection spoken of in James are in the first place spiritual. James 5:14-15.  

http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/sacraments_in_scripture.htm

Almighty and Perfectly Good God is the giver of EACH of these gifts; these unique sources of God’s grace; which unlike all other forms of Grace; man himself beckons, request and to a very Substanually degree; controls the flow of and the amounts of grace received through them.

This is especially true of the NORMAL-use gifts of the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist, which can be had on a very frequent basis; unlike the other Sacraments which are limited in there NORMAL acceptance

[usually just one time*]. Thus these TWO Sacraments, while not “greater”; Can and SHOULD be the source of GREATER-GRACE by virtue of the number of times they can be received. And that my friends is exactly WHY God Created them.

* Marriage and Anointing the sick can conditionally be received more than ONCE too.

God Created the sacraments to enhance the possibility of Our salvation. SEEK THE LORD where he CAN be found. Amen!

 

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One comment on “Which are The GREATEST Sacraments?

  1. Mark Driscoll: “I’m the one with the critical eye.”

    the Door to Faith’

    Warns of the Dangers of Ideological Thought in Christianity During Morning Mass

    Vatican City, October 17, 2013 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves | 1535 hits

    uring his homily at Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta,

    Pope Francis warned of the danger of “becoming a disciple of ideology”

    which he said can lead one to lose their faith.

    The Holy Father based his homily on today’s Gospel which recounts Christ’s warning to the scholars of the law.

    “When we go down the path and find in front of us a closed Church, we feel strange because a closed Church is not understood,” the Pope said.

    “The Lord who is inside cannot come out.”

    This image of the closed Church, he explained, is given by Jesus in today’s Gospel.

    The Holy Father also explained why many Christians fall into this “attitude of ‘key in pocket’ and closed door.”

    “Faith passes, so to speak, through an alembic (distillery) and becomes an ideology.

    And ideology does not convene. In ideology there is no Jesus: his tenderness, love, meekness. And ideologies are always rigid,” the Pope said.

    “In every sense: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of ideology,

    they have lost the faith:

    they are no more a disciple of Jesus,

    they are a disciple of this attitude of thought, of this…”

    And for this reason Jesus says to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge’.

    The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these closed the door with so many requirements.”

    The Holy Father continued his homily saying that ideology within the Church only serves to alienate people.

    “These Christian ideologies are a grave sickness!” he exclaimed. However, he noted, this sickness is not something that is relatively new, but spoken of by the apostles, particularly St. John, during the time of the early Church.

    “Christians who lose the faith and prefer ideology become rigid, moralists, ethicists, but without goodness.

    But this may be the question, no? Why does a Christian become that way? What happens in the heart of that Christian, that priest, of that bishop, of that Pope, that makes them that way. It is simply one thing: that Christian does not pray. And if there is no prayer, you will always close the door.”

    Emphasizing the importance of prayer in Christian life, the 76 year old pontiff, saying that without it, a Christian witness becomes a witness full of pride. Ideological Christians, he said, become proud, sure of themselves and lacking humility. The Holy Father however made the distinction of true prayer and the mere recitation of prayers, a distinction made by Christ who rebuked the doctors of the law who prayed so as to be seen.

    “It is one thing to pray and another to recite prayers,” the Pope said.

    Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on the faithful to ask the Lord for several graces in avoiding this ideological path. “First, to not cease to pray, to not lose faith, to remain humble. So that we will not become closed, which closes the path to the Lord.”

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