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Why Matter Matters: Philosophical and Scriptural Reflections on the Sacraments

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Is it really all that important that the wine we consecrate during Mass be made from grapes -- and nothing else?Is it truly essential that olive oil and not mineral oil be part of the Anointing of the Sick?

Why does Baptism have to be administered with plain, ordinary water?

In short, why does the matter we use in the sacraments matter?

In this insightful and gifted presentat
Published September 1st 2002 by Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
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Each of the seven sacraments of the Church consists of two elements: FORM (the words and rituals by which the sacrament is celebrated and conferred) and MATTER (the tangible substance which is used in the celebration). In order for a sacrament to be valid, both the form and the matter have to be correct - e.g. in Baptism, one must use water and the Trinitarian formula ("I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit") in order for the baptism to be validly ...more
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