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950

Communion of the sacraments.

“The fruit of all the sacra-

ments belongs to all the faithful. All the sacraments are sacred links

uniting the faithful with one another and binding them to Jesus

Christ, and above all Baptism, the gate by which we enter into the

Church. The communion of saints must be understood as the

communion of the sacraments. . . . The name ‘communion’ can be

applied to all of them, for they unite us to God. . . . But this name

is better suited to the Eucharist than to any other, because it is

primarily the Eucharist that brings this communion about.”

483

951

Communion of charisms.

Within the communion of the

Church, the Holy Spirit “distributes special graces among the

faithful of every rank” for the building up of the Church.

484

Now,

“to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common

good.”

485

952

“They had everything in common.”

486

“Everything the true

Christian has is to be regarded as a good possessed in common with

everyone else. All Christians should be ready and eager to come to

the help of the needy . . . and of their neighbors in want.”

487

A

Christian is a steward of the Lord’s goods.

488

953

Communion in charity.

In the sanctorum communio, “None

of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”

489

“If one

member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all

rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually

members of it.”

490

“Charity does not insist on its own way.”

491

In

this solidarity with all men, living or dead, which is founded on the

communion of saints, the least of our acts done in charity redounds

to the profit of all. Every sin harms this communion.

483

Roman Catechism

I, 10, 24.

484

LG

12 § 2.

485

1 Cor

12:7.

486

Acts

4:32.

487

Roman Catechism

I, 10, 27.

488 Cf.

Lk

16:1, 3.

489

Rom

14:7.

490

1 Cor

12:26-27.

491

1 Cor

13:5; cf. 10:24.

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