Andrea Day. You said . . .
the idea you can get special privileges, protections and blessings simply by wearing an object, seems very much like the sinful practice of using occult amulets.
When Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam and received special privileges and blessings for this . . . was Jesus mimicking the occult?
JOHN 9:6-7 6 As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, 7 saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
Do you think the guy would have gotten his sight back had he said:
“Well I’m just going to believe and NOT DO what Jesus told me to do”?
Do you think this guy’s blindness would have went away ANYWAY?
Sacramentals assume a proper disposition. Sacramentals are not reducible to charms.
**People who are implicitly and sometimes unwittingly anti-incarnational will reject physical means of God’s grace. **
Manichaeism taught an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness . . .
Manichaeism is a very virulent early heresy and there are still remnants of it in our day.
No proper disposition with sacramentals, no “cashing in” on the promises associated with them.
The Church knows full well what She is doing when approving such means of grace.
LUKE 8:43-48 43 And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone 44 came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Some one touched me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
MATTHEW 9:20-22 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.
Here we see the woman with the hemorrhage’s faith AND touching the garment of Jesus working in tandem.
Do you think the salt that The Prophet used in the River Jordan at Jericho was superfluous?
2nd KINGS 2:17-22 17 But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, “Send.” They sent therefore fifty men; and for three days they sought him but did not find him. 18 And they came back to him, while he tarried at Jericho, and he said to them, “Did I not say to you, Do not go?” 19 Now the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.” 20 He said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it, and said, “Thus says the LORD, I have made this water wholesome; henceforth neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” 22 So the water has been wholesome to this day, according to the word which Elisha spoke.
In Acts 19 who do you think provided the proper disposition with sacramental (“handkerchiefs or aprons” of St. Paul) usage?
ACTS 19:11-17a 11 And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to pronounce the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, mastered all of them, and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks . . . .
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