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Sacramentals: Sacred Signs for Our Journey

Are you curious about the spiritual items Catholics often carry or use in their homes? Join Angela Sealana and Jason Nunez as they delve into the world of sacramentals. From holy water to religious medals, learn the true significance of these sacred signs and how they differ from sacraments. 

On today’s journey, we will:

  • What are sacramentals, and what are some examples?
  • Why do we have them, and where did they come from?
  • How can we avoid superstition when using sacramentals?
  • How can sacramentals benefit our daily lives & increase our hope?

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Jewel for the Journey

“Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church and Sacramentals

"For well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event of their lives with the divine grace which flows from the Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1670)

“Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a ‘blessing,’ and to bless. Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons).” (CCC, no. 1669)

"Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition." (CCC, no. 2111)

Dive Deeper into Sacramentals

St. Benedict of Nursia - Get to know more about this role model of faith and the St. Benedict Medal.

Miraculous Medal Chapel - Find out why the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal is such a sacred place.

Miraculous Medal Chapel: A New Journey - Discover miracles and graces related to the Miraculous Medal.

Montecassino: Benedictine Abbey - Learn about the Monastic Rules of Life and the famous St. Benedict Medal.