Symbols bring us in touch with realities which are familiar and mysterious Crichton 440 and are effective in bringing into our awareness the life

Symbols bring us in touch with realities which are familiar and mysterious Crichton 440 and are effective in bringing into our awareness the life? Crichton 441 “A symbol is its own reality and in its own reality it brings us to the profound mystery which it signifies.” All true symbols are efficacious since they make and change our reality. Sacraments are different from other symbols because they OFFER ? reality which they signify and are central Christian life. Baptismal water signifies going into Christ’s death with Him in order to live a new life and the breaking of bread signifies we are the body in Christ. Sacraments confer the grace of God through the merits of Christ not through their own merits.