"The Sacraments are not mere appearances, they are not rituals; they are the power of Christ. Jesus Christ is present in the Sacraments."
-- Pope Francis
Baptism, First Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, and The Anointing of the Sick -- as Catholics we are familiar with the Sacraments and see them as mileposts in our lives of faith. As Pope Francis reminds us, the Sacraments are not simply observances; they are portals through which the Lord brings us the power and grace that flow from His death and Resurrection.
Each Sacrament wonderfully opens us to a personal encounter with Jesus.