Spiritual Toolbox for the Busy Executive includes Sacramentals.
Sacramentals are sacred signs which bear a certain resemblance to the sacraments, and by means of which spiritual effects are signified and obtained through the prayers of the Church (CCC – 1667). Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless. (Gen 12:2; Lk 6:28; Rom 12:14; 1 Pet 3:9). They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water (which recalls Baptism). In short a sacramental is a sacred object or religious action.
There are various forms of sacramentals. This is not an exhaustive list but ones you should have access to every day:
Blessings – Blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) come first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father “with every spiritual blessing.” (Eph 1:3) (CCC 1671)
- Crucifixes and crosses
- Holy Water and Oil
- Holy Cards
- Paintings, Icons
- Medals of saints, holy places or historical events.
- Wedding Rings