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The Sacraments in the Divine Will

The Divine Will gives life to the Sacraments

11/20/2019
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At the General Audience, Pope Francis began a cycle of catechesis on the Sacraments. He gave us new reflections for our Christian life, so that God's plan can be accomplished on each of us. We want to recall together with Pope Francis these fundamental "steps" of our Christian journey

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:   “The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions” (ccc 1113).

The meaning of the word “sacrament”

The concept of "sacramentum" primarily refers to the idea of consecration. In fact, the term "sacrament" has its etymological origin in to "sacrare", which means to make sacred, to dedicate to a divinity. In the Greek language, the term sacrament means  " a hidden thing" In Ancient Rome, the term "sacramentum" was copied from military language, it was a sacred oath of allegiance to the emperor taken by a Roman soldier who carried a "signum" of his emperor on his body.

Sacred Scripture teaches us that the Holy Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. It is a Body formed by different members, united by love for God and neighbor, enlivened by the Divine Spirit and nourished by God’s Word and by the Sacraments which are means established by Jesus for the salvation and sanctification of the Church Itself. The Sacraments are, therefore, the arteries in which the vital lymph of grace flows in the mystical body of Christ which is the Church. “The Church is in Christ like a sacrament or as a sign and instrument both of a very closely knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race” (cf. LG 1).

Through the Sacraments we live and grow in communion with God in Jesus, Sacrament of God, Bridge between heaven and earth. Jesus is the Sacrament of God because He not only announces the Kingdom, but He manifests and realizes it in His person and trough His work. The Church is a Sacrament of Christ, and therefore of God, who works salvation with Christ, through Christ, in Christ.

The Sacraments are gestures of Jesus who acts through the Church. Without the sacraments there is no spiritual growth because they give and increase the grace that sanctifies us. Our belonging to the Church, our love for God and neighbor and the foundations of Christian life are realized through the seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick.

Luisa Piccarreta in her life was "submissive" to the action of the Church. She was a daughter of the Catholic Church. From the day she was born until her death, she lived in the Church and for the Church, she was obedient to the Church. The Sacraments were the sources of Luisa's inner life and are also the framework within which we can look at the earth illuminated by the Sun of the Divine Will that want to form its Kingdom in it.

We would like to recall  that Luisa, the little daughter of the Divine Will, was baptized on the same day she was born, on April 23, 1865. At the age of nine, Luisa received her First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation on the same day. She frequently received the sacrament of Penance. Moreover the Eucharist was always her food and  her dominant passion.

 “Each one of the Sacraments contains Its special effects – one removes sin, another confers grace, another unites one with God, another gives strength, and many other effects” (Jesus to Luisa - vol. IV-April 25, 1902).

But all of them  produce  fruits of holiness according to the dispositions of the creature. In fact, Jesus told Luisa: My daughter, I had to make it in such a way that sanctity might be easy and accessible to all - unless they did not want it - in all conditions, in all circumstances and in every place….Even more, I tell you that the Sacraments themselves produce fruits according to how souls are submitted to my Will. They produce effects according to the connection that souls have with my Volition. And if there is no connection with my Will, they may receive Communion, but will remain on an empty stomach; they may go to Confession, but will remain always dirty; they may come before my Sacramental Presence, but if our wills do not meet, I will be as though dead for them, because my Will alone produces all goods and gives life to the very Sacraments in the soul who lets herself be subdued by It. And those who do not understand this - it means that they are babies in religion.” (Vol.11 September 25, 1913)

 

Oh! Holy Divine Will,

in You I enclose myself,

in You I abandon myself,

in You I rest.

 

 

Fiat!

Riccardina
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