The Seven Sacraments
The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.
That's what our Catechism teaches us. “Okay, great,” you might be thinking, “but what does all that actually mean?” Well, let's take a look...
So what it means is that the sacraments, these specific events in our journey of faith, are special moments in which Jesus has the chance to enter our lives in special and powerful ways. Our Church has seven sacraments, and each provides a unique opportunity to experience God and his love for us. Our seven sacraments can be broken up into three basic groups: