CST and the Sacraments

, | January 26, 2006

One does not need to do violence to the liturgy in order to acknowledge our social teaching or in order to be empowered into action on behalf of justice. A healthy celebration of the sacraments supports social ministry. Our sacraments are meant to be communal celebrations and to empower us into action. The following reflections are not an invitation to make every sacramental celebration into a rally against the death penalty or a reflection on the moral issues around world trade and globalization or a call for an increase in the minimum wage.

One does not need to do violence to the liturgy in order to acknowledge our social teaching or in order to be empowered into action on behalf of justice. A healthy celebration of the sacraments supports social ministry. Our sacraments are meant to be communal celebrations and to empower us into action. The following reflections are not an invitation to make every sacramental celebration into a rally against the death penalty or a reflection on the moral issues around world trade and globalization or a call for an increase in the minimum wage. Rather, these thoughts are presented to promote awareness-an awareness of the social values imbedded in our liturgical practice when it is at its best-an awareness of the larger implications that flow from the story of Jesus and the living practice of Christ among us. Our desire is to nurture awareness, not a political ideology. As Jesus says: “The truth will set you free.”

Baptism and Catholic Social Teaching

  • Five-page downloadable resource that identifies and explains the connections between the Sacrament of Baptism and Catholic Social Teaching.

Reconciliation and Catholic Social Teaching

  • Four-page downloadable resource that identifies and explains the connections between the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Catholic Social Teaching.

The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching

  • Four-page downloadable resource that identifies and explains the connections between the Sacrament of the Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching.

Confirmation and Catholic Social Teaching

  • Three-page downloadable resource that identifies and explains the connections between the Sacrament of Confirmation and Catholic Social Teaching.

Marriage and Catholic Social Teaching

  • Four-page downloadable resource that identifies and explains the connections between the Sacrament of Marriage and Catholic Social Teaching.

Anointing of the Sick and Catholic Social Teaching

  • Three-page downloadable resource that identifies and explains the connections between the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Catholic Social Teaching.

 

One does not need to do violence to the liturgy in order to acknowledge our social teaching or in order to be empowered into action on behalf of justice. A healthy celebration of the sacraments supports social ministry. Our sacraments are meant to be communal celebrations and to empower us into action. The following reflections are not an invitation to make every sacramental celebration into a rally against the death penalty or a reflection on the moral issues around world trade and globalization or a call for an increase in the minimum wage.

 

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