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Purpose of sacraments

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Festivals Question 2 Christopher Ball The purpose of sacraments in bringing people back to God is that they can make believers more like Jesus. Through practicing he sacraments it makes Christians holy like they were at birth, through sin and being led astray we are not as close to God as we should be. Through the sacraments we receive Christ which makes us more like him. During advent Catholics are encouraged to attend confession because we are preparing for the Parousia. We should be reconciled before Christmas, because we are celebrating the Incarnation, Redemption and Parousia, as well as requiring being more like Jesus, especially because it is the celebration of his incarnation. Catholics are expected to attend Mass at Christmas and on the Epiphany because it is the celebration of these events. ...read more.


CAFOD is a catholic charity which helps us be ready for the Parousia as Jn quotes "Feed my lambs" "Feed my sheep"; this quote shows that Catholics should be ready for the Parousia through helping others. Catholics should pass on their faith because in MT28:19-20 it quotes "Go therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes to the end of time". This quote explains that Catholics should prepare for the Parousia trough spreading the faith, as this would announce the Lords second coming. Justice and peace should be used to prepare for the Parousia because in MT18:23-35 it quotes "You should have mercy on your fellow servant; just ...read more.


Jesus many people, the Quakers believe they should relentlessly as well. The Salvation Army expect similar behaviour of themselves, they use the talents that god has given them to raise money and perform Gods work. They are always ready for the Parousia, because they redeem each day. In Mt9:6"Get up, pick up your bed, and go home". Jesus healed a paralysed man, the Salvation Army perform similar work, helping the homeless and paralysed. No matter what the significance or insignificance of the day, the Quakers and the Salvation Army will be ready for the Parousia. The one thing that is common to all Christians is what is expected of them in daily life; we should love and serve the Lord each day. As Christians, we should be charitable and help those less fortunate than ourselves, to be ready for the Parousia. Each day all Christians who are true to their faith will pray not just when they require help or guidance. ...read more.

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