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Why is faith in Jesus Christ not enough? Why does God give us the sacraments too?

Posted on Dec 28 , 2012 in Catechism

Why is faith in Jesus Christ not enough? Why does God give us the sacraments too?

We can and should come to God with all our senses, not just with the intellect. That is why God gives himself to us in earthly signs—especially in bread and wine, the Body and Blood of Christ.

People saw Jesus, heard him, could touch him and thereby experience salvation and healing in body and soul. The sensible signs of the SACRAMENTS show this same signature of God, who desires to address the whole man—not just the head.

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Why do we say “Amen” to the profession of our faith?

Posted on Dec 17 , 2012 in Catechism

Why do we say “Amen” to the profession of our faith?

We say Amen – “Yes” – to the profession of our faith because God appoints us witnesses to the faith. Anyone who says Amen assents freely and gladly to God’s work in creation and redemption.

The Hebrew word amen comes from a family of words that mean both “faith” and “steadfastness, reliability, fidelity.” He who says amen writes his signature (St. Augustine). We can pronounce this unconditional Yes only because Jesus in his death and Resurrection had proved to be faithful and trustworthy for us. He himself is the human Yes to all God’s promises, just as he is also God’s definitive Yes to us.