I just found a whole bunch of notes from the Sacraments class that I took at Franciscan University. In looking through my notes I thought that I would pass on what I learned and have some fun with a little bit of trivia. This will be the first of a few of these posts.
1) St. Augustine described the sacraments as “natural signs” as opposed to “conventional signs”. One example of a natural sign is a deeper meaning within us, seal of the Holy Spirit.
2) When discussing the sacraments St. Thomas Aquinas set this one apart from the others, saying that all other sacraments lead to this one. Which sacrament was he talking about?
3) St. John Chrysostom used this analogy to explain sacramental character: he said it was like the mark given to a ____.
4) The Feast of Corpus Christi was established by revelations from Sister Juliana in Liego in 1258. In my notes I had written the date 1258 but Wikipedia has a different date.
Saint Juliana of Liège, O.Praem. (also called Juliana of Mount-Cornillon), (1193–1252) was a medieval canoness regularand mystic in what is now Belgium. Traditional scholarly sources have long recognized her as the promoter of the Feast of Corpus Christi, first celebrated in Liège in 1246, and later adopted for the universal church in 1264. More recent scholarship includes manuscript analysis of the initial version of the Office, as found in The Hague, National Library of the Netherlands (KB 70.E.4) and a close reading of her Latin vita, a critical edition of which was published in French by the Belgian scholar, Jean-Pierre Delville.
5) There are 4 cardinal virtues and 3 theological virtues that correspond to sacraments. Can you name the virtues and to which sacrament each belongs?
6) The sacraments were instituted by Christ. They are intended to lead us out of isolation. They are intended to lead us through the Church, into the Church, in the name of the Father, praise of the Father for all eternity.
7) St. Robert Bellarmine instituted matter and form of each sacrament in general.
8) There are three elements of a sacrament. I will use the Latin terms. I will define two, can you name the third?
Sacramentum Tantum – visible sign
Res Sacramentum – mediator between res tantum and sancramentum tantum
Res Tantum -
I will give the answers to the questions on Sunday. God Bless.