Coordinator of Sacramental Catechesis and Family Life
Per the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the sacraments celebrated by the Church are signs of grace that make a deeper reality present to us. One reality we encounter through the sacraments is Christ’s presence in the Church community, his body. This recognition of Christ’s presence in the community should lead to a stronger awareness of being sent on mission to engage in love-inspired action in the world.
As Pope Benedict XVI notes in Deus Caritas Est, the celebration of the sacraments and the ministry of love are “inseparable.” Love in action, he says, is “an indispensible expression” of the Church’s being (25).