If I go on like this, you won’t need to buy Michael Leach’s wonderful, Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question because I will end up quoting pretty much the whole book to you. From page 5:
There are Sacraments with a big S. There are also sacraments with a small s. We receive the Sacraments once or many times over a lifetime. But we give sacraments every moment of our lives.
- We give a sacrament of baptism every time we behold another as a child of God.
- We offer a sacrament of reconciliation every time we say to someone “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you.”
- Every time a wife says to her husband or a husband to his wife, “I love you” – or better, when a husband gets a cold cloth and puts it on his wife’s forehead when she has a headache, or when a wife gives her husband a hug for no other reason than than she knows he needs it – it is a sacrament of marriage.
- A sacrament of eucharist happens every time family or friends gather round a table to share in the good of God.
- Every time someone decides to live a better life is a sacrament of confirmation
- Everyone who makes a radical commitment to be here not for himself but for God expresses a sacrament of holy orders
- Every time we visit a sick person in a hospital or nursing home and just kiss them is an anointing of the sick.
I got goosebumps as I typed this out.