In “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis teaches that the sacrament of marriage is not merely a “thing” or an impersonal power. It is an encounter with the person of Jesus who strengthens, heals and walks with the couple in their life together (No. 73).
Over the course of 2,000 years, the church has canonized myriad bishops, priests and deacons, but what is common to all of them is their path to holiness was marked by a unique sacrament: holy orders.
Anointing a sick person with the oil of healing and peace petitions God to strengthen, comfort, encourage and even heal the person.
Perhaps we need to all grow in our understanding of the sacrament of reconciliation.
The Eucharist unites and calls for ways to reach out to others; it is being in communion with the Lord and with others who are also with the Lord.
The sacrament of confirmation is perhaps the most mysterious of all the sacraments. Many Christians find it difficult to understand what benefit it brings. Isn’t the Holy Spirit received at baptism?
Baptism is no mere “formality” in Christian life. “It is an act that touches the depths of our existence,” Pope Francis said.