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The Mysteries or Sacraments of the Church
In the Church man is completely sanctified and saved. Not only is man’s soul sanctified, but his body is sanctified as well. All of God’s creation acquires an incalculable value, and redemption from corruption awaits it (Rom. 8,19- 21). In the life of the Church, with the sacred Mysteries and the liturgical acts, this hope of the entire creation is prefigured and pre-announced.
God uses the water, oil, etc. – material and sensate things – in order to transmit His invisible Grace. This is certainly an expression of God’s love for man: in order to transmit His Grace to us, He uses in His condescension for our salvation material things, adapting the Holy Mysteries to our reality. At the same time however, it also constitutes proof of the worth and honor to be accorded to material creation.
God condescends to human weakness…
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