Every week until my book comes out, I’ll share a few favorite images around each sacrament. Follow me on Instagram at @thismessygrace or tag your photos with #everydaysacrament. Let's start seeing sacraments together... Confirmation is one of three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church (along with baptism and Eucharist). Sacred anointing with holy chrism oil. Laying on of hands by the bishop. Sealing of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Most Catholics receive the sacrament of confirmation as young people. (Too often it becomes a graduation from faith formation.) Others receive it as adults in the RCIA process. Either way we only "get it" once. But do we ever get it? This Spirit stuff is slippery. Scripture tells us of the Spirit's gifts: wonder and wisdom, reverence and right judgment, knowledge and courage and understanding. But how do we live out these gifts? How does this sacrament shape our lives as Christians? How do we see and taste and hear and feel confirmation … [Read more...] about start seeing sacraments: confirmation
Catholics believe there are seven sacraments. These are the capital-S sacraments: baptism, Eucharist, confirmation, reconciliation, anointing of the sick, marriage, and holy orders. But there are plenty of small-s sacraments shot through our everyday, too. Moments of grace where we encounter God. And the stuff of daily life - water and oil, bread and wine, forgiveness and healing, relationships and work - glistens with the fingerprints of the divine. This is what my book is all about. Grace in the mess. Extraordinary in the ordinary. God in the Everyday Sacrament. Since my siblings convinced me to try Instagram this summer, I have been captivated by finding small, sacred moments to capture. I love that this outlet of social media, more than any other I've tried, seems to be about sharing glimpses of joy and beauty. And if you've been following me (@thismessygrace) and you've wondered why on earth I keep hash-tagging photos with #baptism, #marriage, #reconciliation or … [Read more...] about start seeing sacraments – now on instagram!