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Some years ago, Daniel Berrigan wrote a little book called Commandments for the Long Haul.
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There is a story told of a Jewish farmer who, while ploughing in his field one Friday afternoon, was too distracted to notice the sun setting. Now, being a very pious man, he feared travelling on the Sabbath and therefore spent the whole night and all of the next day until sunset in his field.
The catechism from which I drew my religious instruction as a child said a Christian sacrament was an "outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."