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.”
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.
“to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common
“They had everything in common.”
“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.”
Christian is a steward of the Lord’s goods.
Communion in charity.
In the sanctorum communio, “None
of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”
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.”
“Charity does not insist on its own way.”
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.
I, 10, 24.
12 § 2.
I, 10, 27.
13:5; cf. 10:24.