The Seven Sacraments
GETTING INTO HEAVEN IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
"Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous
for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put
on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than
the raiment? Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor
do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth
them. Are not you of much more value than they? And which of
you by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit? And for
raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow: they labor not, neither do they spin.
But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as
one of these. And if the grass of the field, which is today, and
tomorrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more
you, O ye of little faith?"
"Be not solicitous therefore, saying,
What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we
be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek.
For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek
ye therefore the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things
shall be added unto you."
- What is absolutely necessary to get to Heaven?
You have to have Sanctifying Grace
in your soul when you die. Sanctifying Grace is God's life in the soul.
- How do you obtain Sanctifying Grace?
One of the chief ways of obtaining
Sanctifying Grace is by receiving the Sacraments.
- What is a Sacrament?
An outward sign made by Jesus Christ
to give you grace.
- "I am come that they may have life, and may
have it more abundantly."
- What is an "outward sign"?
Anything which you can see (or hear
or feel), which tells you about something you cannot see.
- For example, a barber pole is an outward sign which
you can see in front of a store. It tells you that there is a barber inside,
whom you cannot see.
- How are the Sacraments outward signs?
The outward sign of the Sacrament
of Baptism, for example, is the pouring of water on your head and saying the
words, "I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
- You can see the priest pour the water, and you can
hear him say those words. This is the outward sign that you are receiving
Sanctifying Grace, which you cannot see or hear or feel.
- How are the Sacraments different from other
The Sacraments not only tell you
that you have Grace in your soul, but they actually put the Grace into it.
- All other signs only tell you about something you
cannot see. A barber pole cannot give you a haircut; it only tells
you that there is a barber inside the shop.
- Name the Seven Sacraments.
Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist,
Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
- Describe the Seven Sacraments.
||Takes away Original Sin and gives you Sanctifying
Grace for the first time.
||Gives you the Holy Ghost and makes you a strong
||Is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ
||(or Confession) Takes away sins committed after Baptism.
||Prepares you for death.
||Gives a man the powers of priesthood.
||Unites a couple in Christian marriage and gives
them the graces they need to obey God's laws on marriage.
- Do the Sacraments always give grace?
Yes, if you receive them worthily.
- Give some examples of receiving Sacraments unworthily.
Receiving Holy Communion, Marriage,
Holy Orders with a mortal sin on your soul. Not telling all your mortal
sins in Confession.
- What kind of sin is it to receive a Sacrament unworthily?
A mortal sin and a sacrilege.
- Where do the Sacraments get the power to give grace?
From God, because only God can make
an outward sign (like the pouring of water) able to put grace into the soul.
- "I am the way, and the truth, and the life."
- What else do the Sacraments give besides
Special help called "sacramental
- For example, Confirmation gives you the strength to be a
loyal Catholic; Matrimony gives you the special help to live your married
life according to God's laws (such as having as many children as you can).
- How many times can you receive Baptism, Confirmation,
and Holy Orders?
You can receive these Sacraments
- Moreover, only qualified Catholic men can receive Holy
- Why can you receive these Sacraments only once?
Because they imprint on the soul a
spiritual mark called a character.
- This mark stays on the soul after death for the
glory of those who are saved and for the shame of those who are lost.
- How many times may you receive Holy Communion and
Every day, if you want.
- Many Catholics receive these Sacraments once a
- How often can you receive the Sacrament
Only once, unless your spouse
- How often can you receive Extreme Unction?
Any time you are in danger of death
from sickness, old age or accident.
- Who gives you the Sacraments?
The priest gives you Baptism, Extreme
Unction, Holy Communion, and Penance.
- Ordinarily, the bishop gives Confirmation, but in
a real emergency your pastor can give it. Only a bishop can give Holy
Orders. The bride and groom give the Sacrament of Matrimony
to each other, although a priest and two witnesses have to be present.
In an emergency, anyone, even a non-Catholic, can baptize.
Except in the case of babies being baptized (they receive the smallest
amount of grace), the better you prepare yourself to receive the Sacraments,
the greater the amount of grace you will obtain.
Christ gave His Church only the essential parts of each Sacrament, but
the Church has surrounded each Sacrament with beautiful ceremonies, which
together with the administration of the Sacraments themselves and the Mass
ceremonies, form what is called the Liturgy of the Church.
The Sacraments give grace automatically, as long as the priest or bishop
and the one receiving the Sacraments fulfill all the required conditions.
It is really Jesus Christ who gives the Sacrament.
The Bible speaks about the Sacraments, grace, the Mass, etc., but it uses
different words for these things. (For example, in one place Our Lord calls
Sanctifying Grace "living water.")