Sacred Passages by Bert Ghezzi
Bringing the Sacraments to Life

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Sacred Passages takes an entirely new approach to the way we understand and experience the sacraments. Foregoing 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, Communion, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick—Ghezzi restores a sense of wonder and excitement in the sacraments and instills an understanding of what is really happening. For example, in the section devoted to Communion, the effectiveness of the sacrament is explained: The eating of the bread and wine cleanse, strengthen, and nourish 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.

One of America’s most popular writers on topics of interest to Catholics, Ghezzi’s engaging prose, easy-to-understand explanations, and thoughtful insights offer readers a life-changing vision of the role of the sacraments, and helps them experience the practical and spiritual rewards of each sacred passage.

About Bert Ghezzi

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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.
Published September 16, 2003 by Doubleday Religion. 176 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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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...

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