Sacraments celebrate the goodness of all creation. Material things
are good. Our human bodies, our very flesh and bones are good. God
took flesh and dwelt among us, and in this mystery of taking on
human flesh proclaimed that the things of this earth are not obstacles
to God but are intended to be windows to the divine. The magnificence
of creation enables us to see something of the wonder, the multiplicity,
the superabundance of God. Catholicism is a sacramental religion;
it prays with bathing and eating, singing and embracing. Sacraments
celebrate the goodness, the grace-filled essence, of creation: water
and fire, oil and salt, ashes and palm branches, bread and wine.
Creation draws us into the very life of the Creator.