This truth theologians express by saying that the sacraments are necessary, not absolutely but only hypothetically, i.e., in the supposition that if we wish to obtain a certain supernatural end we must use the supernatural means appointed for obtaining that end. It is the teaching of the Catholic Church and of Christians in general that, whilst God was nowise bound to make use of external ceremonies as symbols of things spiritual and sacred, it has pleased Him to do so, and this is the ordinary and most suitable manner of dealing with men.
In this assertion all Christians are united: it is only when we come to consider the nature of the sacramental signs that Protestants (except some Anglicans) differ from Catholics.
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The age of unquestioning support for Israel from American Jews is over: An era of conflict is replacing the age of solidarity.
Or are you just trying to maintain the relationship as it stands now, perhaps in a different place?
Recognize that you can't compare a long-distance relationship to one based on physical proximity.