Sacramentals are holy things or actions of which the Church makes
use to obtain for us from God, through her intercession, spiritual
and temporal favors.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, that those who believe in him may not
perish, but may have life everlasting. (John 3:14-15)
How do the
Sacramentals obtain favors from God?
Sacramentals obtain favors from God through the prayers of the
Church offered for those who make use of them, and through the
devotion they inspire.
What are the chief benefits obtained by the use of the sacramentals?
chief benefits obtained by the use of the Sacramentals are:
the forgiveness of
the remission of
health of body and
protection from evil
Which are the
chief kinds of Sacramentals?
chief kinds of Sacramentals are:
blessings given by
priests and bishops;
exorcisms against evil
spirits; third, blessed objects of devotion.
Which are the blessed
objects of devotion most used by Catholics?
blessed objects of devotion most used by Catholics are: holy water,
candles, ashes, palms, crucifixes, medals, rosaries, scapulars, and
images of Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin, and the saints.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the
hour of incense. (Luke 1:10)
How should we
make use of Sacramentals?
should make use of the Sacramentals with faith and devotion, and
never make them objects of superstition.