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This book includes chapters on each of the sacraments, each including a story or two about people who received healing or special graces through that sacrament. Decriptions of each sacrament distill the essence of each and are ideal for reflection and prayer.
Posted September 29, 2010
Sr. Briege McKenna is an Irish member of the Sisters of St. Clare, who experienced a miraculous recovery from crippling arthritis. More than 35 years ago she left her job as an elementary school teacher to answer the call to minister to priests and share her gift of healing. In that ministry she has traveled to more than 100 countries and gained worldwide recognition. Her goal for this little book is to help us better understand the sacraments as a great treasure God provides for our spiritual journey. With this understanding, we will see each sacrament not as routine, but as a personal meeting with Jesus. The book is divided into seven chapters, one for each sacrament. McKenna presents each sacrament using explanation, images, quotations, and personal stories. In the chapter on confirmation, she explains that this sacrament gives us strength to meet the challenges brought into our homes by media that glamorize immorality, corruption in business and government, and an everybody's doing it mentality. She reflects on Jesus' sending the Holy Spirit to empower the apostles to preach and stand up to the authorities. "Confirmation is a sacrament that strengthens and energizes Christians to be heralds of Jesus Christ," McKenna writes. Yet we often neglect to recognize this "new Pentecost" in our lives that enables us to remain faithful. She presents examples of two heroic priests held in captivity, one ministering to his fellow prisoners and another spending 26 years in chains because he refused to compromise his priesthood. Few of us will be tested in this way. Instead, McKenna writes, we are called on to avail ourselves of the gifts of confirmation to be the kind of Catholics who defend and proclaim Christ in our everyday lives.
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