Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Communion of Sacraments

  • Program #: 48
  • Description: When we speak in the Catholic Church about the Communion of the sacraments, what do we mean? According to the Catholic Catechism, "The fruit of all the sacraments belongs to all the faithful. The sacraments are the sacred links, uniting the faithful to one another and binding them to Jesus Christ and above all Baptism, the gate by which we enter into the Church." The name communion can be applied to all the sacraments for they unite us to God, but most especially to the Eucharist as "it is primarily the Eucharist that brings this communion about," asserts the Catechism. In the "communion of charisms", the Holy Spirit distributes special and diverse graces among the "faithful of every rank, in order to build up the Church." The phrase, "they had everything in common" means that everything "a true Christian has is to be regarded as a good possessed in common with everyone else." Thus, a Christian should be eager to share whenever, wherever with whom ever has a need. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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