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When a mother hugs her son, that embrace is a visible, tangible sign of her love for him. It tells her son, “I love you.” When a student graduates from medical school, the diploma she receives is a visible, tangible sign that conveys an invisible truth. That diploma tells everyone, “This person now has enough training and experience to begin to practice medicine.”
This is one way to understand the sacraments and the Holy Spirit’s work in them. All seven sacraments use visible realities: water, oil,...
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