The Healing Powers of the Seven Sacraments

By Patrick Miron

Another I AM a Catholic Lesson

I suppose that a good place to begin is to ask ourselves why the Sacraments exist at all; and then ask why Christ as their author; the very source of the Seven Sacraments, choose to institute either explicitly, or implicitly SEVEN of them.

The two most common, in my opinion attitudes towards the Sacraments seem to be indifference or ignorance of them and their reasons for existence. I say this because of the often caviler attitude one sees when they are received, and the shocking fact that so many Catholics [it would seem to be in name only], don’t even bother to access them. The loss is ours.

A primary reason for the Sacraments existence is that they, each and every one of them of them can, and indeed, ought to have some role in OUR own Salvation. But today I would like to take a different emphasis, closely related to our salvation efforts, a unique “fruit” [Mt. 12:33] that emanates from them.. How do the Seven Sacraments “HEAL US”?

Why then DO the Sacraments exist? [This from a non-Catholic source]

http://www.gotquestions.org/seven-Catholic-sacraments.html

“Question: “Are the seven Catholic sacraments biblical?”

Answer: “Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification” (taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia). The Roman Catholic Church teaches that while God gives grace to man without outward symbols (sacraments), He has also chosen to give grace to man through visible symbols. Because God has done this, man is foolish to not make use of this God-provided means of gaining sanctification.

In order to qualify as a sacrament, the Roman Catholic Church states that it must meet the following three criteria: a) the external, that is, a sensibly perceptible sign of sanctifying grace, b) the conferring of sanctifying grace, c) the institution by God or, more accurately, by the God-Man Jesus Christ. Thus, sacraments are not merely a symbol, but are believed to actually confer sanctifying grace upon the recipient. The Roman Catholic Church believes that all of their seven sacraments were instituted by Christ Himself. There are seven Roman Catholic Sacraments, and they are as follows:

1) Baptism, which the Roman Catholic Church teaches removes {all sin including} original sin while infusing the act with sanctifying grace.

2) Penance, in which one confesses his/her sins to a priest.

3) The Eucharist, considered the reception and consumption of the actual body and blood of Christ.

4) Confirmation, a formal acceptance into the church along with special anointing of the Holy Spirit.

5) Anointing of the sick, performed by a priest using oil. The priest anoints the sick person´s forehead and hands with oil. This is associated not only with bodily healing but with forgiveness of sins. When performed on a dying person, it is called Extreme Unction (or last rites or final anointing).

6) Holy Orders, the process by which men are ordained to clergy.

7) Matrimony, which provides special grace to a couple.”

The following are verses commonly cited to support the Roman Catholic belief concerning the sacraments:

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6). “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God’” (John 3:5). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23). “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:15). “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:17). “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed” (John 6:54-55)” END of Quotes used from this non Catholic Source

The author of the above site is a non-Catholic whose aim it is to nullify and debunk these gifts from Christ, as an on-going and necessary effort to quash Catholicism in order to justify Protestantism, who have to accomplish the first objective, of destroying Catholic beliefs and practices so that they can then supplant them with their own man-made substitutes… Jesus who on the Cross expressed Seven Last Words; one of which is “I Thirst”; [John 19:28] meaning that Christ having done all he could as “a Man”; desired to do more which He could only do as God. That “more” is the cause and the effects of the Seven Sacraments; which Christ empowered his Apostles and through them by absolute necessity; to include the Successors of Peter; to initiate in His Name, the Seven Sacraments which exist for the aid and purpose of the salvation of more Souls, who otherwise might not attain heaven.

“The [or HIS] Church”; Mt. 16:18-19. “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, [precisely singular] and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. [All of them implied here] And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”

These powers, this authority to” bind and loose” which will then [absolutely] be accepted and blessed by God in Heaven. Were at that time and in that place [The walled in city of Jerusalem, with its gates and keys and one man who had charge of them] and by absolute necessity [Mt. 10:6-7 & Mt 28:16-20], passed on to the successors of Peter.

John 17: 17-20 “Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. [Meaning exactly what it proclaims: with Gods Powers and Authority; all though to a lesser degree] And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be [Will Be and ARE] sanctified in truth. And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me”

[Parts of]Mt. 10: 1-8 “And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities. And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying:… Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give” So dear friends let us have no more talk, no further doubts about the validly, or the desire of Christ to do more, or the powers and authority in the Holy Name of Jesus, to actualize the Seven Sacraments through the “bark of Peter.”

Mt. 28: 16-20 “And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. … Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
Why Seven Sacraments?

In the era of Christ earthly visitation, and for eons before that stupendous event, the Hebrew peoples had a vastly different understanding and appreciation for numbers in the bible, than what modern man commonly understands today.

http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/the%20significance%20of%20numbers%20in%20scripture.htm

Numbers had their own meaning along the line of there “own story.” The number “seven” meant “fullness; completeness and perfection.” As God Inspired the Old Testament authors, I suspect that this understanding by Christ had at least a little bit to do with the number of Sacraments. Seven Sacraments then imply the “perfect” number; the “sufficient number” to accomplish ALL that God envisioned for them. Every contingency, every need was foreseen by God who ordained that His Sacraments were ample and plentiful to facilitate our Spiritual growth, and to merit our salvation, when used correctly and frequently.

So then, just HOW do the Sacraments individually and collectively “heal?”

Nothing defines God for us as much as, or as clearly as do His seven Sacraments. They are not only the “par excellent” manner for us to really come to know God on a very personal level. They are the road to Holiness, desired and called for by God for us: 1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy” Like charity and humility; holiness is yet another “key” to meriting our own salvation. And the Sacraments, act not only as a means to grace; but incredibly, a source of grace that mortal man, in a sense can “command” God to offer to us by granting us the power to initiate the frequency of this grace –source- offering, and then, by the degree of our participation, actually allow us to control the amount of Grace offered and received by us. … This critical grace-element in our quest for salvation moves and protects through “Sacramental-grace” an effective aid to avoid sin, as well as offering grace to further cement our personal relationships with God.

Baptism: is the first Sacrament, and like a healing balm introduces God’s fanatical-like love for us; as God empties and pours His Love and Mercy upon us. This Sacrament is so critically important that the Church allows it to be validly and licitly obtained outside the confines of the Catholic Church, by other “Christian Churches” when the correct form and matter are employed: John 3:5 “Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” & Mt. 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” … Not only does it put into effect our “actual kinship” with God; making us “children of God”, it heals all who receive it from both the dangers and lingering effects of ALL PAST sins; including the inherited debt of inherited “Original sin.” … So all-encompassing is this relief that it even makes full payment for the Temporal Punishment all sins incur; perfects our Souls until we sin again, and makes our Souls now perfected, ready for heaven if we should die without any further sins.

This Sacraments healing is a Spiritual Healing, and the ultimate Grace as it makes us “Children of God” and perfects our Souls

Penance: Each of the Sacraments in some manner completes and perfects a Tradition of the Old Testament, such as Circumcision being perfected by Baptism, and sin forgiveness through the sacrificial actions of an Old Testament priest, and forgiveness accepted by God; to actual sin-forgiveness by a New Testament Priest empowered by God to act in His name. [The Power of the Key’s in Mt. 16:18-19. … John 20: 19-23] “ Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples [Apostles] were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive you the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, and they are retained.”

This is the Sacrament of knowing and experiencing TRUE Inner peace, as nothing else in this world can grant. It is the Sacrament of KNOWN FORGIVENESS of our sins. There is no unforgivable sin, and no “new sin.” The “Confessional” is like a hospital for spiritual heath and growth. What is shared there is KEPT there; It is a place of solitude, repentance and immediate inner-peace; a release from worldly concerns and an inner sanctum where we can once again connect with God’s Mercy and Love for us. The “Seal of Confession” is absolute and irrevocable, even under the most severe duress. The Old Testament Jews had to wait for the annual “Yom-Kippur,” the “Day of Atonement” Exodus 30:10 & Lev. 19:22, to know that their sins were covered over by the OT Priest for another year. We don’t need to wait for some annual event; Sacramental Catholic Confession is ours for the asking, and offered at least weekly by all Catholic Churches. [In un-persecuted countries].

The man-made “quick-fixes” of “Once saved, always saved”; “altar calls”, going “directly to God” are really opposed to what Christ Himself ordained and desires. There likelihood of them actually working hinges on “Perfect Contrition” and then actually making life-changing actions to avoid those same sins in the future. [“True Contrition”] resulting in a HIGH degree of uncertainty for actual forgiveness of sin in these man-invented methods. With Christ Sacramental Confession, man is in effect demanding that God forgive them in the manner they are comfortable with; NOT the manner Christ has prescribed.
James 5:16 “Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.”
http://www.the-pope.com/feeneyite.html

The Healing of this Sacrament is the GIFT of true inner peace and assured union with our God

Eucharist: Not only is this the Sacrament at the Summit of our Catholic Faith; it is the pinnacle of man’s search for a TRUE “Personal Relationship” with our God. Not only can we meet God; we actually and literally enter into God even as he is entering into us. … “Be not afraid”; John 6:20; “Fear not” Mt. 28:5; “My Peace I give to you” John 14:27… Not as the world gives you peace, do I give you peace.” John 14:27 the healing powers of the Eucharist are legend.

That God would stoop so low as to become a mortal man, like us in every way but sin is astounding; SHOCKING! But that God, GOD! Would become for us our Bread and our Wine, our nourishment and the ultimate means of our Salvation is beyond descriptive words, and can best be seen in the light of Christ becoming a helpless babe, born in a stable. The Creator of the World and all that is in it, who comes to us as a helpless babe, totally dependent upon Mary and Joseph, mere mortal beings for everything. In effect this has God being dependent upon man; rather than man being ever dependent upon God. Is it any wonder that many simply lack the Faith to accept this reality?

… In the Eucharist, in Catholic Holy Communion, that very same God-man stoops even lower, and demonstrates even a more perfect humility, by actually becoming OBJECTS of both derision and Worship, in the form of inanimate objects. Ordinary bread and wine are transformed into Christ Himself. And therefore becomes an unphathomable source of Grace, because it is; IT IS God Himself. The healer of all hurts, all pain, all sorrow, and comes to heal us spiritually and even physically. John 6:55-57 “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him.” This last promise explains precisely what Catholic Holy Communion accomplishes. Man’s relationship with GOD can’t be more intimate, more personal or more efficacious than this.

The healing of this Sacrament is the joy of being as close to God as is humanity possible on earth. It is the Gift of Christ Himself, come to heal us from all our worries and concerns, and can even lead to physical healing.

Confirmation: This Sacrament is one where God reaches out to actually touch us; both literally and figuratively. “Literally” because there is in this Sacrament an actual “laying on of hands” and an indelible anointing with a Blessed Oil. “Figuratively” because its effects are conditional on our response and acceptance of the graces it offers and imposes. The Graces made manifest in this Sacrament enable us to become personally convicted for Christ. Rightly received and fully accepted we are not only enabled to fully practice our Faith; but also to share it with others. … In fully practicing our Faith, we are healed, and inner-directed away from the “near occasion of sin” in our lives. Thus we can discover the healing of true peace and joy in our lives.

The healing of this Sacrament marks us indelibly as “Children of God.” Because it invokes a personal Covenant between the Holy Spirit and the one Confirmed. Its special blessing comes in the form of inner conviction for Christ, true Wisdom and the gift of Courage to practice and share our Catholic Faith, guided by the Holy Spirit.

Anointing of the sick :An abundance of God’s Merciful Love is offered to humanity, as we come to know Christ [through Baptism], and are made truly and literally “children of God”; perfect in every spiritual way, and this gift is once again offered in this, “final anointing” Sacrament which too grants TOTAL sin –forgiveness, and even the forgiveness of all Temporal Punishment due to our sins, even holds the possibility of physical healing [when God knows it will benefit our Spiritual well-being]. This Sacrament like Baptism perfects our Souls until sin looms in us once again. Just as in Baptism these Souls are made ready for immediate access to heaven.

James 5:14-15 “Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

Mt. 5: 19 “Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Recent years has seen a major change in the understanding of this Sacrament which for generations had been reserved for those dear death. Now the Church [through the Power of the Key’s]; guided by the Holy Spirit, permits and encourages us, who are seriously ill, or going in for a serious medical procedure; as well as those who are well advanced in years, along with those near death to request this sacrament, even prior to being on the known verge of death.

Unlike Baptism which is a “once in a lifetime gift”, the anointing of the sick can be received multiple times. God’s Merciful Love is made boldly manifest when we first meet Christ and then again, with similar powers and expressions as we seem to be on the verge of facing Christ as the final and Supreme Judge of our lives actions and activities. The Spiritual healing effects of this Sacrament are total as are the healing effects of Baptism. The physical healings are dependent of God’s plan for our lives.

This Sacraments healing comes in the form true inner peace, as it removes both our sins and the guilt of those sins, bring us once again close to God, and God’s Peace as we near death. The healing of this Sacrament is a total Spiritual healing and renewal of our Souls to the same sate of Perfection as did our Baptism. BUT, it can, God Willing, also cause a physical healing of our illnesses when God knows it can lead to our Spiritual growth.

Marriage Genesis 1: 26-28 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…”

Marriage in our life time has been hi-jacked, beat up, is being redefined, minimalized, and simply ignored. I suspect that of the Seven Sacraments, “marriage” may be the source of the greatest Varity and number of sins, as well as, on a continuing basis, the most grievous sins. From prideful MEISM, to Murder of the holy innocents; from adultery to contraception; marriage has birthed the most common, and the most abundant sins of our era. How something so intrinsically beautiful, has led to such debasement is testimony to Satan’s presence and influence, and man’s willing prideful nature. But Marriage has also been the constant source of a “greater love” and pronounced personal sacrifice. A means and a common cause of healing for each member. A unity of mind, heart and body to aid and strengthen the Souls; directing them towards God and heaven.

Mt.19: 4-9 “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for infidelity, and marries another, commits adultery.”

When mankind chooses to accept and enter into the life-vocation that God has predestined them for; God commits Himself to make sufficient grace for that endeavor available to make the salvation of their Soul possible. But regardless of ones “state in life”; there will be trials, challenges and struggles. Nothing “comes easy,” because this is the state of fallen- man’s inherited role; to now prove our love and commitment to our God.

Marriage however because it units two souls in a common endeavor, with mutual goals, offers unique opportunities for support and healing each other’s hurts and needs in many grace-filled ways. Truly the family that DOES pray together, has a greatly enhanced chance to stay together. And healing easily, and regularly flows from one spouse to the other.

The healing of this Sacrament comes in the form of special graces to withstand the normal day to day challenges of married life, as well as to assist each other, and offspring to grow closer to God. It is the joy of two becoming as one. And then this “one” becoming “one” with God.

Holy Orders: This last Sacrament, often not being recognized outside the realm of the Catholic Church is surprising as it follows Old Testament Tradition and history: Exodus 28:1 “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests — Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abi’hu, Elea’zar and Ith’ama” …

John 15:16 “You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”

There is a perspective that highlights the unique importance of this Sacramental Priesthood, which can teach that which is ordained as the Sacrament Priesthood to point the way to a personal relationship with our God, heals and comforts like a candle in a dank and dark room, because it is through the Sacramental Priesthood that Sacramental Confession; that Sacramental Holy Communion; Most Holy Eucharist, and Sacramental Confirmation, as well as the Sacramental Anointing of the sick, and even this very Sacrament itself of Sacramental Ordination; the Succession of the Priesthood through the Key’s of Peters successors, that mankind is enabled, is fed and fueled by God’s Grace, to avail themselves of these Sacraments Soul-saving Sacraments. In other words without the Sacramental Priesthood, there would be no Holy Communion; no known forgiveness of sins, No Confirmation, no “Last Rites” for immediate passage to heaven should we die without further sinning. And that dear friends sums up the importance and significance of the Christ Instituted Seven Sacraments. Each offering its unique healing. And it’s unique role in the salvation of Souls, which otherwise might not qualify to make the Beatific Vision, seeing Christ face to face for eternity.

Lev. 4: 20,26, 31 “Thus shall he do with the bull; as he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this; and the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. And all its fat he shall burn on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings; so the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin, and he shall be forgiven. And all its fat he shall remove, as the fat is removed from the peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a pleasing odor to the LORD; and the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven”

One has to wonder about the motives of the Leaders of the Protestant Reformation discounting the use by God of His chosen Priest in the Old Testament for sin forgiveness; and yet seeming to be shocked, that the same God would simply follow suit under the New Covenant; but now in a Perfected and fully complete manner? Are we to understand that Yahweh could do this, but Christ could not? Are they not the same God?

John.15: 16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

Matt.9: 6-8 “But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.”

John 17: 18 & 20:21 “As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” & He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.”

Matt.10: 1: “And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity” Mt. 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The Old Testament leads to the New Testament, which completes and perfects it. The New Testament encompasses the Old, and the Old explains the New. They are One Book, One History. One directory for the salvation of Souls.

In the Old Testament Yahweh-God needed to be very specific about the roles of the men He choose for special duties. Exodus chapters 28-30 makes this case evident for us. So why the big change in priest authority, roles and powers in the New Testament? GRACE! We are now under Grace while Old Testament times were directed and restricted by “the law.” Meaning at first the Ten Commandments, which were over time added to include 613 additional binding laws. Rom. 6: 14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the law, but {NOW} under grace”

It is because humanity miraculously met God [Jesus Christ] face to face; it is because Christ choose to Die that we MIGHT live; it is because Christ became the Redeemer of the world, and the world’s possible conditional salvation. It is Love because God is Love and Grace is the precise and full expression of that Love.

Because of Christ, and because of Grace, man could now be entrusted with many more powers and far greater authority. Mt. 10:1-8, Mt. 16:15-19, John 20:1923, John 17: 11-26, and Mt. 28:16-20
The healing of this Sacrament comes from the indispensable role of Priest in the Sacramental life of God’s Church. It the Sacrament that encompasses all of the other Sacraments; and makes them possible and available to each of us.

The healing comes to the Priesthood in the form of another indelible sign, and the graces needed to live fully the ministry with the God granted ability to make the Sacramental Life of the Church available to their flocks; and thereby be blessed by God for Faithful Service to Him and to us.

SUMMATION

The “key’s,” here made present through His Church, are the common thread between God, His Seven Sacraments and each of us, through the One Church that He founded, guides and desired. From this then flows Gods graces to heal us from all that ails us. First Spiritually, and then, if God desires it, also from what ails us physically. God offers to heal us from the oft consequences of our own wrong evil life choices which commonly are self-inflicted. Driven by pride, fermented in MEISM, and often soaked in sloth. … Seeking a quick fix; when only what “Dr. God” prescribes and makes available will cure what ails us. That dear friends is the role, the purpose AND promise of the Seven Sacraments. Each promises to heal us in a unique way through God’s graces which contains the promise and ability to make our relationship with our God more intimate and personal conditionally depending on our acceptance of the Sacramental Graces, and our willingness and desire to be healed; both Spiritually and physically.

Luke 11:9-10 “And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

Mt. 7: 7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened”

Revelation 3: 19-21 “Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance. Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.”

Mt. 5: 48 “Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect”

1 Peter 1: 16” Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

We must be perfect and perfected to enter into God’s Bliss of heaven. Christ Seven Sacraments are Christ and His Church’s testimony and evidence that God DOES Love us and is Merciful; and offers us extraordinary aids, if we use them to attain, our life’s goal.

Matthew 5: 1-12

[1] “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
[2] And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
[3] “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[4] “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
[5] “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
[6] “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
[7] “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
[8] “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
[9] “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
[10] “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[11] “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
[12] Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Christ Seven Sacraments make these desires and realities of God possible.

God Bless you,
Patrick

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