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.
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!