The seven Sacraments point to what is sacred, significant, and important for Catholics. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification. (Catechismus council. Trident., n. 4, ex-St. Augustine, “De Catechizandis rudibus”)

Christ instituted the sacraments as a means of continuing His saving presence among us. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing, and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of spiritual life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1210)