Jesus longs to be with us in every moment of our lives, from the instant He welcomes us as His children until He calls us to our home with Him in heaven. It is His desire that we are never alone. He wants us to experience His presence in every situation, and to know that He is walking with us giving us strength, mercy, and grace in the joys, the sorrows, and the temptations that are a part of our lives every day. That is why Our Lord instituted the seven sacraments as both an outward sign and a true encounter with Him. Every time we receive a sacrament Jesus is there to meet us. He gives us His very own strength and the special grace of the specific sacrament to help us to live out the lives to which we are called in Him. It is in the sacraments that Jesus heals, comforts, forgives, strengthens, and feeds us with His very self.
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION:
We first encounter Jesus in the sacrament of Baptism. In Baptism we become the sons
and daughters of God our Father and the brothers and sisters of Jesus. We are cleansed
of the original sin of our human parents, who disobeyed God, thereby brought sin and
death into the world. (Read More)
In the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, we encounter Jesus in the most perfect gift He has
given us, the gift of Himself which feeds and nourishes us throughout our journey on
earth. The Eucharist is the source and the summit of our Catholic faith. Everything in our
faith points to the Eucharist, wherein we receive the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
Confirmation is the third sacrament of initiation. It can be said to be the sacrament of
maturity, as we confirm the faith and the gifts which we received at Baptism. Jesus
promised the Apostles that He would send an advocate to guide them. He promised that
He would send the Holy Spirit. In the sacrament of Confirmation, we encounter Jesus as
He sends the Holy Spirit upon us in power. (Read More)