Sacraments of Love: A Prayer Journal

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Like Love Affair, this spiritual diary is not a book of prayers but an experience of praying. It is prayer as it happens. Andrew Greeley shares with God - whom he calls "My Love" - his wonder at the signs of Her love shining in creation. He glimpses Her presence in city shadows as well as desert light. He hears Her whisper in a wind that sweeps over a lake, and in the whistle of a train passing by in the night. And he perceives Her beauty in people: "All of them are sacraments of Your love!" What makes the diary ...
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Like Love Affair, this spiritual diary is not a book of prayers but an experience of praying. It is prayer as it happens. Andrew Greeley shares with God - whom he calls "My Love" - his wonder at the signs of Her love shining in creation. He glimpses Her presence in city shadows as well as desert light. He hears Her whisper in a wind that sweeps over a lake, and in the whistle of a train passing by in the night. And he perceives Her beauty in people: "All of them are sacraments of Your love!" What makes the diary extraordinary is the extraordinary year it captures - a year in which Father Greeley works hard behind-the-scenes to help victims of sexual abuse by clergy. It is a year in which he reconciles with his archbishop and helps the Church deal realistically with a growing scandal. It is a year of recognition that surprises him, and a year of attack that hurts him. But most of all, Sacraments of Love points the author - and the reader - to a non-punitive, all-loving God who moves everywhere - a God who wants to touch each of us with Her love.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ferry, who was born in 1952 in a suburb of Toronto, tried much of his early life to suppress his homosexuality because of his strong Anglican faith. His marriage proved to be unsuccessful, and Ferry found himself, even as he studied for the priesthood, investigating the gay subculture of Toronto. He became a priest and served his ministries well, but began to have homosexual affairs. After he became pastor of a church in a Toronto suburb, several members of the congregation protested to the bishop about Ferry's homosexuality. His subsequent trial, as he relates it here, amounted to a 20th-century witch-hunt, with the religious court's decision something out of Catch-22 in that the church found Ferry ``not guilty of disobedience since the bishop had never in fact instructed him to give up his relationship, but guilty of wrongdoing for refusing to give it up.'' Although this book sometimes reads like a self-help journal, its earnest but dry prose is a strong indictment of homophobia both in the church and society. The defrocked Ferry now works with a Toronto AIDS organization. Author tour. (Apr.)
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Greeley, a Roman Catholic priest and well-known novelist, shares almost 15 months of personal prayers and entries from his spiritual journal addressed to God as ``My Love.'' These prayers reveal Greeley's attempts to come to terms with his own mortality; his past mistakes; his opportunity for reconciliation with others; his doubts about what his role should be in helping to resolve a church scandal; his sense of his own spiritual failures and inadequacies; and, most of all, his love for God and his desire to love God more deeply. Many Christians (not by any means only Roman Catholics) will be inspired, perhaps even transformed, by the courage, optimism, and depth of these meditations that point beyond Greeley to God, hidden and revealed. Highly recommended for public and seminary libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824515942
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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