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Sacred Passages: Bringing the Sacraments to Life
     

Sacred Passages: Bringing the Sacraments to Life

by 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

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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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Publishers Weekly
Although scholars have produced countless learned tomes on sacramental theology for Catholics over the centuries, most faithful readers would probably gladly trade them all for a lucid discussion of the meaning of the rites of baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, reconciliation, anointing of the sick, marriage and holy orders. In this slim volume of reflections on these rituals, prolific and popular author Ghezzi succeeds in combining an accessible style with a solid, if unadventurous, understanding of the biblical roots, historic tradition and contemporary meaning of the sacraments. Signs and symbols of God's powerful presence in Christian lives, each sacrament is a "sacred passage," argues Ghezzi, a milestone God uses to welcomes believers into deeper communion with Him. As the faithful participate in the sacraments, they become more and more capable of subduing their self-indulgent natures and conquering temptation. At the book's core is the writer's encouragement to believers to access the powerful help he contends these rites offer: "Through the sacraments Jesus supernaturalizes us and enables us to do some things that only God can do." Touched by the Catholic renewal movement, Ghezzi also emphasizes the importance of a personal relationship with Christ. Though clearly written for faithful Catholics craving a refresher course in the basics, this engaging and commonsensical little volume can be a helpful introduction to anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of sacramental thought in the Catholic tradition. (July 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385503402
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.72(d)

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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