What are your sacraments? Thomas Moore begins chapter 6 of “A Religion of One’s Own” with a quote from Henry David Thoreau. “I find that I conciliate the gods by some sacrament as bathing, or abstemiousness in diet, or rising early, and directly they smile on me. These are my sacraments.” From Thoreau’s book “I to Myself.”

For me, the return of walking the dog after a six-year absence is an instant sacrament. No longer do I listen to podcasts, but rather I reserve my attention for dog and cars.

I share in Thoreau’s enthusiasm for rising early, but must add the why of it, coffee and writing. For this combination I had to all but give up reading until sometime later. Reading is surely a sacrament searching for a time.

Going to sleep is not too shabby either, and for that I include short naps. Long ones produce grogginess or prevent later sleep. To be an effective sacrament, I must propel ahead, either up or forward, sometimes backward. Down demotes sacramental strengths.

Lunch in communion with another crosses the boundary of the secular into the divine. The food counts, but so does the person.


12 thoughts on “Sacraments

  1. Carole Webber March 29, 2014 / 10:33 am

    Catholic definition of sacrament : A sacrament is an out ward sign given to us by God to give grace.
    Your descriptions fit , in my opinion.

    • fictionfitz March 30, 2014 / 8:25 am

      I see many at your house.

  2. rebecca2000 March 29, 2014 / 11:00 am

    I was poking around your blog. You’re a lovely writer. My sacraments: Goodmorning kisses from my children, putting a blanket in my lap and letting my dog turn inside out for morning attention, and coffee. 😉

    • fictionfitz March 30, 2014 / 8:25 am

      Wonderful ones indeed.

  3. joannwentzel March 29, 2014 / 11:38 am

    This is excellent and a reminder of all that can be sacred in a life.

    • fictionfitz March 29, 2014 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks Joann, I find it brings much meaning to what I might otherwise take for granted.

  4. SirenaTales March 29, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    Your sacraments are compelling. Thank you.

    • fictionfitz March 30, 2014 / 8:24 am

      I could add more. Don’t know if having too many is too many.

  5. New Hampshire Garden Solutions March 29, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    I don’t know if being thankful for that which was created in nature is a sacrament but I do that a lot.

    • fictionfitz March 30, 2014 / 8:23 am

      A perfect example.

  6. vanyieck March 29, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    Mine primary sacrament is writing. Cliché, I know, but it is true. I carry a pen and journal at all times.

    • fictionfitz March 30, 2014 / 8:23 am

      I wish I had said that, for surely it is true of me as well. My journaling is abysmal.

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