This Is the Image of the Man Who Is to Be Your King
A very easy question, who can name the seven sacraments for me? Try to get them in the right order.
Once upon a time the people of a country called Orania had no leader. They wanted someone to be their king. There was a wise old man named Stephen who lived off in the woods by himself. To him the people went for help. "Whom shall we make our king?" they asked him. Stephen told them to come back again the next day and he would decide for them. That night Stephen drew a picture of the noblest and kindest and bravest man in the country. In the morning when the people returned, he gave them the picture and said, "This is the image of the man whom you must make your king." The people were pleased with his choice and went away rejoicing.
The children of this parish need a king too. You found a picture at your place this morning. It is the picture of the noblest, kindest, and bravest man who ever lived. All this year we have been speaking to you about the image of Christ. Again I repeat — in the words of the wise man, Stephen, "This is the image of the Man whom you must make your king." Jesus Christ must be the king of your hearts. He is your king because He created you out of nothing. He is your king because He redeemed you by His blood. You are His by right of conquest in the war with Satan. Christ is your king and you must obey all his commands.
His kingdom is divided into seven towns. All His subjects dwell in one or other of these towns. As they go through life they move on from one to the other. They are his seven sacraments. Baptism is the first town. Penance is the second. And so on till you come to Extreme Unction which is the last of all. In the next few weeks we will see more about each sacrament. We will stop in one town a week for seven weeks. We will go on a conducted sightseeing tour of the kingdom of Christ.
Christ takes care of our souls just as carefully as our parents take care of our bodies. We need things for our bodies and Christ has given us these same things for our souls. For our bodies we need life. We are given that in birth. For the soul Baptism is birth. We need food for our bodies. The Eucharist is the food for our souls. We need strength. Confirmation strengthens our souls. If we are sick we need to be cured. Penance heals the sickness of our souls. We need people to rule over us. Christ has provided the Sacrament of Holy Orders, to give us those who will take care of our souls. Most people marry. Christ has made marriage a sacrament. We need someone to care for us when we are dying. To take care of our souls at death Christ has given us Extreme Unction. Christ takes care of our souls just as carefully as our parents take care of our bodies. That shows that He is the kindest man who ever lived. Not only the kindest but the bravest, the most noble man who ever lived. The Man whose picture was given to you this morning. This is the picture of the Man whom you must make your king.
Source: Heavenwords, Imprimatur 1941