The Seven Sacraments

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An outward (visible) sign of an invisible grace is an "efficacious" symbol that brings about the spiritual reality to which it points. This term applies to Jesus Christ, the great sign of God's love for us; to the Church, his continuing presence in our world; and to the Seven Sacraments.Grace is a participation in the life and love of the Trinity that comes to us through the sacraments. Each sacrament brings us a different dimension of God's life and love. Sacraments are celebrated in anticipation of divine life and insures us graces necessary to enter eternal life. The church affects the inner union of people with God. History of Baptism in the church teaches that through this sacrament, the person is purified, justified, and sanctified by the HS. Reminds us that water is a rich symbol of new life. It also points out god's constant love and how he gives and sustains life. Immersion in water symbolizes both death in old ways of sin and new birth in the HS. IT OFFERS FREEDOM FROM SIN AND BEING MADE holy AND NEW THROUGH JESus. Baptism for adults is during the Easter Vigil and baptism for infants is during Sunday mass. We are transformed by living out our lives as a part of the church and by following his commandments. In the sacrament of Reconciliation, we resolve to turn away from sin and return to God's grace. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Penance as a call to us for conversion—a continuing conversion that occurs after Baptism. Jesus became human so that he could offer the perfect sacrifice to God that would atone, or make up, for our sins once and for all. Followers of Jesus are called to continual, heartfelt conversion throughout life. The most important act of the penitent is contrition. Contrition is defined as “heartfelt sorrow and aversion for the sin committed along with the intention of sinning no more". The sacrament calls us to heal and to reform

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