SACRAMENTS

Oh calming green! It is the color of peace, new beginnings, health, healing, new life, joy and hope. It is the color of abundance, harmony, growth and the season of spring. While these sacrament paintings themselves have no green color in them, the green represents what the sacraments stand for so I chose to highlight this color for this chapter introduction. Each sacrament brings an encounter with the Lord and the ability to renew our relationship with Him. In the sacraments we receive new life, healing, peace, joy and hope and so much more as mentioned above. In Psalm 23:2 it states: "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters". The image of that scene brings a sense of all that is perfect in life as one lays on the lush grass and stares into the blue heavens by the cool water. The waters of Baptism initiate us into the family of God, freed from original sin and the promise of eternal (new) life. Green, being a sign of spring, renews us after a long dark winter and the promise of freshness, growth and rebirth as we see the trees start to bloom with the green leaves. There is an emergence of life everywhere from the environment to the awakening of the hibernating animals. The Sacrament of Reconciliation renews our spiritual winter (darkness due to sin). Reconciliation heals our soul so that the healing will someday lead to eternal perfection in peace and harmony. This re-awakening of our souls into the Light of Christ leads us to be able to receive the Eucharist so it can unite us in joy and hope with all of Heaven. Every sacrament brings us the Peace of Christ which translates into unity with the Trinity. This brings us to the sacraments of Confirmation and Marriage in which we are united through the Holy Spirit and reflect the Trinity in joy and hope and new beginnings along our faith journey. Confirmation is the completion of our initiation sacraments which is where the growth and a new springtime in our souls are established. Marriage is the beginning of a faith journey together as one flesh to honor the Trinity and the gift of self-donation, reflecting the relationship of God the Father to the Son and the Son to the Father through the Holy Spirit in fruitful life giving love. Green is a combination of yellow and blue and therefore has all the attributes of both colors. The optimism of yellow with the emotional calm and insight of blue, inspiring hope and a generosity of spirit is a color of completeness in the rainbow of our souls.