Receiving the Sacrements

Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify.* They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayer of his Son's Church which, in the epiclesis of each sacrament, expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power (CCC 1127).
*Cf. Council of Trent (1547): DS 1605; DS 1606. Cf.

Mater Dei Office
1212 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106
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