This would ultimately be to conceive the way of salvation as being man's way to God and not God's way to man.The Church Thus Teaches: There are seven sacraments.The Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows.The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online.Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.They effect in men the grace for which Christ made them the sign.So there are two fundamental ideas which constantly recur in the Church's teaching, on the sacraments.
There are earthly, external signs here which, of themselves, could never acquire any supernatural significance, but the signs of the sacraments have been made by Christ into vehicles of his grace.
The first step on this way was the bridging of the gulf separating God and man in the person of the one Mediator Jesus Christ and by his work of redemption.
By means of his Church Christ makes his grace available to all.
Only in this application of redemption to mankind is the redemptive action of Christ completed.
The doctrine of the sacraments is the doctrine of the second part of God's way of salvation to us.