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Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENTAL, 07-17-10 ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 07/17/2010 9:39:08 AM PDT by Salvation

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Objects or actions that the Church uses after the manner of sacraments, in order to achieve through the merits of the faithful certain effects, mainly of a spiritual nature. They differ from sacraments in not having been instituted by Christ to produce their effect in virtue of the ritual performed. Their efficacy depends not on the rite itself, as in the sacraments, but on the influence of prayerful petition; that of the person who uses them and of the Church in approving their practice. The variety of sacramentals spans the whole range of times and places, words and actions, objects and gestures that, on the Church's authority, draw not only on the personal dispositions of the individuals but on the merits and prayers of the whole Mystical Body of Christ.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; sacramentals
There is a big difference between sacraments and sacramentals.
1 posted on 07/17/2010 9:39:11 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 07/17/2010 9:40:08 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 07/17/2010 9:57:18 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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