Signs of Freedom

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Christian identity and mission are built on a sacramental bedrock. But modern secular culture has severely eroded the religious foundations on which traditional sacramental practice was based. German Martinez looks at this challenge comprehensively from the perspective of freedom, and sees in the Christian conception of freedom an opportunity to develop a sacramental worldview relevant to the new millennium. He applies a series of up-to-date methodologies and fresh pastoral approaches to the highly complex sacramental reality and to each individual sacrament. Intended for both scholarly research and pastoral ministry -- and perfect for a course on the sacraments -- Signs of Freedom presents the key issues of a renewed sacramentality that is rooted in ordinary life and celebrated in the liturgical mystery. This theology is grounded in a biblical, patristic, historical, and theological background. Martinez especially focuses on the christological, ecclesial, individual, and social aspects of the celebration of the sacraments as a dynamic and organic whole, emphasizing above all their spirituality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809141609
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,279,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Sacramental Universe 3
2 The Development of Christian Sacramentality 24
3 Basic Dimensions of Christian Sacramentality 45
4 Sacramental Mystery and Christian Spirituality 70
5 Baptism: Rebirth in the Christ-Event 85
6 Confirmation: Communion in the Holy Spirit 122
7 Eucharist: Center of Christian Existence 137
8 Reconciliation: The Sign of Conversion 195
9 Anointing: Christian Wholeness 222
10 Orders and Ministries: The Priest as Servant-Leader 241
11 Marriage: The Call to the Gift of Self 267
Conclusion: The Signs of Christian Freedom 299
Notes 309
Bibliography 335
Index 341
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