As a cradle Catholic, I grew up in an environment in which the Sacraments have just been a part of my life, and a way in which God gives us His grace.
To an Evangelical Protestant, though, talk of the Sacraments seems to smack of “having to do something to get God’s grace” or somehow, like, setting requirements, or “trading,” to receive grace. Insert “earn” and “merit” into the conversation a couple times for good measure.
I had to try not to laugh at what a misunderstanding that is, but I was also at a loss as to how to respond in such a way that my discussion partner would understand. It’s such a different perspective!
Especially those of you who have come from that different background: What was it that helped you to understand the Sacraments? Something you read, or a particular example, or just a change in how you looked at things? What made them “click”?