We encounter the living Christ in the Sacraments. The Sacraments are visible signs that cause invisible grace. In other words, an action, perceivable by our senses is performed, and through this action God grants participation in His life. The Lord instituted seven Sacraments in order to continue His saving presence in the world. The Sacraments actually do something to us because through them we meet God. This union with God through the Sacraments is the highest form of worship and will lead to salvation. In the end, the happiness of heaven is union with God. The union with God achieved through the Sacraments offers a foretaste of the perfect union with God in heaven.
The Sacraments are divided into three categories:
The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.
The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation (Penance) and Anointing of the Sick.
The Sacraments of Service to Others are Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony.