Written on 25 October 2014, 08.52 by Gene C.Alberto

What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give us sanctifying grace.
Our Lord loves us, and never leaves us alone.  He is always doing something for us.  But He wants us to have some signs of what He is doing for us to understand His presence among us and His actions.  The signs of Christ’s actions on our soul we call sacraments.

Do the sacraments always give grace?
Yes, they do, - if we receive them properly and with reverence.  However, he who knowingly receives sacraments such as:  Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Anointing of the sick in mortal sin commits a mortal sin of sacrilege.
[“Sacrilege” means that one of God’s sacraments or some holy person or thing is not treated with due reverence].

Why can Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders be received only once?
Those three sacraments can be received only once because they imprint on the soul as a spiritual mark which lasts forever.
This mark is like a stamp on our soul that can never be taken away.  It stamps us as belonging to Christ forever, and each stamp gives us a greater share in the priestly powers of Christ.

Why are Baptism and Penance called sacraments of the dead?
Baptism and Penance are referred to as sacraments of the dead because their chief purpose is to give new life of grace to souls dead through sin.
Before Baptism our souls are dead to the life of grace through original sin.  Baptism washes away original sin and brings God’s life, the life of grace to us.
Souls dead in mortal sin can come back to life through the Sacrament of Penance.
References: Ex 12, Jn 3:5, 6:52, Mk 10:2-12, Mt. 19:3-9, Eph 5:22-23, 1Pt...

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Vocation Fest 2014

Last Saturday, October 4, nagpunta kami sa St. Vincent Shrine upang dumalo sa 1st Vocation Festival. Ang Vocation fest ay isang gathering ng mga taong tinawag at tumugon sa ating Panginoon. Ang mga dumalo ay mula sa ibat-ibang diocese sa Ecclesiastical Province of Manila. Maraming mga madre, pari at seminaristang dumalo upang magbahagi din ng kanilang mga experiences at mga dahilan kung bakit sila naging mga alagad ng Panginoon.

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Barya at Rosaryo

The devotion to the Holy Rosary has been treasured in the Church for many centuries.  It is a summary of Christian faith in language and prayers inspired by the Bible.  The Rosary is one of the best prayers in common that Christian families and communities are invited to pray.
For the month of October we pray the Rosary in preparation for the Year of Mercy and Compassion for the poor, and for the celebration of the forthcoming visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis to our country early next year.
The Church continues to speak to all people and to all nations of love and compassion for the poor, and that they should be given highest priority in any development plan of the nation.  Humans are far value than structures and plans of development.  This is the Church reminder.

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