Sacred Passages: Bringing the Sacraments to Lifeby Bert Ghezzi
Sacred Passages takes an entirely new approach to the way we understand and experience the sacraments. Forgoing dry, technical explanations, Bert Ghezzi explores the meaning and benefits of the sacraments in a practical and highly personal manner. Interweaving scripture, the writings of the saints, and personal stories, Ghezzi reveals the dynamic realities that the sacraments provide believers. In chapters devoted to each of the seven sacraments -- Baptism, the Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick -- Ghezzi restores a sense of wonder and excitement to the sacraments and instills an understanding of what is really happening. For example, in the section devoted to the Eucharist, the effectiveness of the sacrament is explained: The eating of the bread and wine cleanses, strengthens, and nourishes the spirit. Reconciliation is seen as an opportunity for direct access to God through prayer and the continued participation in Christ's ministry. Each chapter includes practical teachings on applying the grace of the sacraments in daily life, inspiring believers to participate fully in all the stages and important moments of the Christian life, from birth, growth, and coming-of-age, through vocation and service, and finally to death. Ghezzi offers easy-to-understand explanations and thoughtful insights to readers on the role of the sacraments, and helps them experience the practical and spiritual rewards of each sacred passage.
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Meet the Author
BERT GHEZZI is the author of thirteen previous books, including Voices of the Saints and, most recently, New Jerusalem Bible, Saints Devotional Edition. He is the editorial director of Servant Publications and divides his time between Winter Park, Florida, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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