The Seven Sacraments - Second Pillar of Our Catholic Faith - A reflection
Fr. Richard Gross, SJ was our speaker this evening. In the photo, he is the one on the left most.
A group of 12 people gave up this beautiful spring day to gather and get to understand what the Seven Sacraments mean as part of our Catholic Faith. We know there are seven but how do they fall in line in our faith.
So Fr. Gross started the talk by laying the foundation of civilization. Civilization thrives in communities. Each of the sacraments relates to a human experience.
Baptism = Birth in the community
Communion = Feeding hunger in the community
Confirmation = threshold of puberty in the community
Matrimony = building a community
Holy Orders = leading the community in prayer
Anointing of the Sick = healing of the members of the community
Reconciliation = repairing relationships with members of the community and with God
When there is a birth into a community, the community rejoices with the family that is having a baptism. Receiving someone new into God's earthly kingdom brings that much awaited joy and pride to the community. The people celebrate and welcome the new born baby with open arms. We do it by pouring water on its head, dressing the child in white garment and passing on the light of Christ to their Godparents. Although not mention, but definitely implied, the Oil of Chrism is placed on the child as a sign of the share in the kingdom of Our Heavenly Father.