Catechism of the Catholic Church,
by United States conference of Catholic Bishops. These are
direct quotes from this book.
The seven sacraments are
of the Sick
Baptism- PG 77: 252.
What names are given to the first sacrament of
This sacrament is primarily called baptism because of the
central rite in which it is celebrated. To baptize means to “ immerse” in
water. The one who is baptized is immersed into the death of Christ and rises
with him as a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The sacrament is also called
the bath of regeneration and renewal in the “Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5); and it
is called “enlightenment” because the baptized becomes “ a son of light”
Confirmation- PG 80: 265.
What place does confirmation have in the divine plan of
In the Old Testament the prophets announced that the Spirit
of the Lord would rest on the awaited Messiah and on the entire messianic people.
The whole life and mission of Jesus were carried out in total communion with
the Holy Spirit. The apostles received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and
proclaimed “ the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:11). They gave the gift of the
same Spirit to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands. Down through the
centuries, the church has continued to live by the Spirit and to impart him to
Holy Eucharist- PG 81: 271
What is the Eucharist?
The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the body and Blood of
the Lord Jesus, which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross
throughout the ages until he return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his church
this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is a sign of unity, a bond of
charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled
with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
Penance and Reconciliation- PG 87: 297.
Why is there a sacrament of Reconciliation after Baptism?
Since the new life of grace received in Baptism does not
abolish the weakness of human nature nor the inclination to sin (that is, concupiscence),
Christ instituted this sacrament for the conversion of the baptized who have
been separated from him by sin.
Anointing of the Sick- PG 90: 313.
How was sickness viewed in the Old Testament?
In the Old Testament sickness was experienced as a sign of
weakness and at the same time perceived as mysteriously bound up with sin. The
prophets intuited that sickness could also have a redemptive value for one’s
own sins and those of others. Thus sickness was lived out in presence of God
from whom people implored healing.
Holy Orders- PG 92: 322.
What is the sacrament of Holy Orders?
It is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by
Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of
Matrimony- PG 95: 337.
What is the plan of God regarding man and woman?
God who is love and who created man and woman for love had
called them to love. By creating man and woman he called them to an intimate
communion of life and of love in marriage: “ So they are no longer two but one
flesh” (Mathew 19:6). God said to them in blessing “Be faithful and multiply”