"What is a Sacrament? How many are there?"

By Paul Dion, STL

Dominus Vobiscum!

Being Catholic is a special calling. It is not easy to be Catholic. There are so many balls that we have to keep in the air at the same time. We have Saints, Martyrs, The Virgin Mary, Mass on every Sunday, Holy Communion, Holy Water, the Rosary, Priests whom we call "Father", House Blessings, a different "Ten Commandments", a different Bible, a Pope and Sacraments. You all know that the list does not stop there, but realizes that you do not have all day.
The BURNING QUESTION is going to look a little bit different to you from today forward. It will remain a test of what you know about what it means to be Catholic, but we will give you the opportunity to peek around the corner and get the answer to the question. You won't have to tell anyone that you did not know it. It will be a loving secret between you and God.

If you want to disagree with us, you are welcome to do so. The "comment" button will remain accessible to you. Another feature that will be important to you will be the continuity of the general area of knowledge of the questions. for instance, this week we are starting a series of questions about the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. You will therefore be able to anticipate what the next question will be from week to week.

Finally, we want to encourage you to jump on your computer and ask us to clarify doubts that you may have about the sacraments. There are a lot of questions that are hanging around out there. If you are harboring one of those, let us know and we will address your concerns respectfully and professionally.

Our first in this new series of BURNING QUESTIONS under this new policy is teh following:


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  1. Et cum spiritu tuo (chanted)!

    What is a Sacrament and how many are there?

    Well, I was not "fortunate" enough to have been indoctrinated by the ruler-wielding, and Baltimore catechizing nuns, but... isn't a Sacrament simply defined as an outward sign which signifies an internal change? Or that it is an outward sign instituted by Christ to confer grace... There are seven of them...

    Laurence Gonzaga

  2. Hey, I was hit only once with the ruler. It broke. (:->)!
    One sentence in defense of the nuns: They were very instrumental in making the priesthood attractive to the boys in the school.

    Baltimore catechism definition: A sacrament is a tangible sign instituted by Jesus Christ to confer grace. The conferal of grace is of course meant to bring about an internal change.

    By the way, more detailed answers and explanations of these questions can be viewed by going to the blog and following the "click here" link.