We know that the Church defines sacrament as a moment of encounter with Christ at special moments in life – baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, etc.
The Church defines seven formal sacraments.
But there’s another, broader way of looking at sacraments. For believers, every moment of every day can be a sacrament, a moment of encounter with Christ. So what does this mean for families? It means that every moment is an opportunity to make Christ’s presence in the world more real – by being respectful to each other, by forgiving each other, by being kind, by keeping quiet rather than lashing out, by being helpful rather than hurtful, by celebrating each other’s successes, by sharing each other’s sorrows – and on and on. Every moment of every day can be a sacramental moment – if we choose to make it so.
One more thing –
God is waiting for us, depending on us, to make his/her presence known in the world. God does not swoop down from the sky and say, “Here I am!” God’s merciful love is present in the world only when we make it visible. What a beautiful gift we’ve been given! And what an awesome responsibility we have!