Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

by Laura Kelly Fanucci
Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

by Laura Kelly Fanucci


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In Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting Laura Kelly Fanucci sees the Catholic sacraments through the smudged and sticky lens of life with little ones. From dinnertime chaos to bath-time giggles to never-ending loads of laundry, Laura stumbles into the surprising truth of what the seven sacraments really mean: that God is present always, even in the messes of motherhood.

A spiritual memoir of parenting’s early years and a sacramental theology rooted in family life, Everyday Sacrament offers an honest, humorous, and hopeful look at ordinary moments as full of grace.

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ISBN-13: 9780814637685
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Laura Kelly Fanucci is the research associate for the Collegeville Institute Seminars. She is the author of Mercy: God’s Nature, Our Challenge and Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart in the Alive in the Word series; Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014); and the coauthor of Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling (23rd Publications, 2015). She blogs about spirituality and parenting at www.motheringspirit.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Before Beginning: An Unexpected Story 13

Part I Beginnings: Baptism and Confirmation 21

Chapter 1 Bathed in New Life - Baptism

Softened with Showers 23

Prelude to Baptism 27

Parenting toward Possibility 32

Chapter 2 Celebrating Grace - Confirmation

Infertility's Long initiation 37

A Strong Hand on the Shoulder 42

The Spirit's Flashes 47

Part II Rhythms: Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick 53

Chapter 3 Broken for You - Eucharist

This Is My Body, Given for You 55

Lessons from the Dinner Table 58

Chrysalis in the Communion Line 61

Chapter 4 From Frustration to Forgiveness - Reconciliation

When He Loved the Sitter More than Me 67

Bad Moods and Breaking Bread 72

The Gift of the Pilgrimage 74

Chapter 5 Helping to Heal - Anointing of the Sick

Kneading Hands 81

The Wounds We Hold 88

When the Heart Breaks Open 91

Part III Callings: Marriage and Holy Orders 95

Chapter 6 Everyday Vows - Marriage

The Focal Point 99

I Do. Again. 104

Where the Story Begins 109

Chapter 7 Challenges of the Calling - Holy Orders

A Litany of the Dirty Work 113

Showered with Blessing 119

To My Children, Called in Childhood 124

In Gratitude 131

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