What I or any other Catholic would call the sacraments we do not consider as works.
OK. So, for example, are baptism, and the Eucharist, part of the salvation of a believer? I guess what I'm trying to get at, is if they're not considered "works", but are
necessary for salvation, then are they part of the "faith" one needs for salvation?
I think we would both agree that it's more of a fiducial type of faith that saves, not a mere intellectual faith that saves, correct?
They are simply sacraments instituted by Christ himself to help us in our sanctification process. Acknowledging one's sin, confessing, receiving the Lord's Supper, doing charity, and so on help us focus our attention on Christ on a daily basis in our attempt to be Christ-like.
I only take issue with the last part of what you said here
in our attempt to be Christ-like
I hope this isn't semantics, but I see a fundamental difference in belief about sanctification here. On your side, "Acknowledging one's sin, confessing, receiving the Lord's Supper, doing charity, and so on", help us in our attempt
to be Christ like.
On the other hand, I believe it is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, in a believer, who transforms us into the image of Christ.
Obviously it is a task we fail at miserably but nonetheless, attempt we must.
I agree we fail miserably at attempting to be Christ like, because it's impossible for us to be Christ like. Only God Himself can transform us to the image of Christ(be more Christ like). If that is true, then why must we
attempt to be Christ like, when only God can transform us? To me, that sounds like a futile attempt, and an unnecessary burden on anyone. I hope you see the difference between the two views. One, IMO, is doing certain things(sacraments, confessing sin, doing charity, etc.), in order to help sanctify ourselves, and the other, is allowing God, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to sanctify us. And as a result of God's sanctifying work, we become more Christ-like. And, we love God, and our neighbor, as a natural result(fruit), of God's transformation process.