Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Baltimore Catechism

 Q. What is a Sacrament?
A. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.
Q. What grace do the Sacraments give?
A. Some of the Sacraments give sanctifying grace, and others increase it in our souls.

My Sacrament.

This is how I
sprinkle water, 
confess impure thoughts, 
break bread, 
speak truth,
pledge troth, 
consecrate effort 
and face eternity.

no threats of exclusion
no special rooms
no golden cups,
no slapped cheeks, 
no binding,
no impossible promises,
no threat of damnation.

This is how I
bring myself to grace, 
forgive my faults,
consume what is holy,
take a stand, 
give myself,
minister as I feel called, 
and this is how I pray to pass,

with a smooth gliding pen 
and a painted page to inscribe.

lm 7/8/2013


David Lintner said...


Laura said...

Thanks David.

Healing Woman said...

Wonderful, wonderful! love the words and became inspired just looking at those magical journals all propped up and ready to be filled. (some look very filled)