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Understanding the Sacraments: A Guide for Prayer and Study [Paperback]

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Pages   118
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 1.25"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1997
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  089870605X  
EAN  9780898706055  


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Understanding the Sacraments is a popular guide for prayer and study of all seven sacraments, designed for use by individuals and groups. In this guide, the well-known Fr. Peter Stravinskas, gives you a clear and faithful Catholic teaching in chapters on each of the seven sacraments. Everyday examples and anecdotes enliven the text. An introductory chapter explains the meaning of the word "sacrament", while the closing chapter tells you how to recover a sense of the sacred in the liturgy and how to receive God's healing through the sacraments. To help you apply the teaching, frank and thoughtful questions for group discussion are included at the end of all the chapters-making this guide ideal for use in any parish or religious education program. Whether at home, your parish, or in a prayer or study group, this popular guide will help you come to a deeper understanding of the sacraments and their important place in your Christian life.

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A Great Primer  Jan 7, 2007
Understanding the Scriptures is a very easy to read primer on the seven Sacraments of the Church as in the Church today. Mr. Stravinskas explains each sacrament well, without going into unnecessary detail that would lose the average reader. In the first chapter the author explains what a sacrament is; then he devotes a chapter to each sacrament. One of the most interesting parts of the book is the epilogue in which the author speaks out on his opinions on the state of the sacraments in the Church today!

This is a book you will enjoy reading, it's not a boring discourse and it's easy enough for young adults to read. This book is solidly orthodox Catholicism without any special interest spin found so often in Catholic books these days.
 
Clear, Concise, Satisfactory Review of the Sacraments  Jan 30, 2005
This work, by the well known catholic theologian Fr. Peter Stravinskas, is a helpful little book covering the fundamentals of the seven sacraments (form and matter) with some added detail on the symbolism of their elements, their context in modern society, and the proper ways they are used (or abused).

Stravinskas writes, "Throughout history, in every culture and religous experience, we find man making symbols and ritualizing the crucial aspects of his life (CCC 1146). It is in this sense that one can say that liturgy is natural to man. Since Christianity is an incarnational religion, it takes the multidimensional person seriously and thus offers a sacramental system whereby the physical leads the beliver to know in the deepest sense the One who is spiritual" (p.2).

At only 10-15 pages per sacrament, this is not a deep, challenging read. But it is perfect for anyone studying the sacraments from a catechetical perspective, and the discussion questions at the end of each chapter make it ideal for RCIA classes. There are numerous references (for further study) to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and to various ecclesial documents as well.

The writing here isn't especially inspirational so this book isn't that useful for prayer or spirituality, but it works nicely for catechesis and feels like a textbook. It has the added benefit of being a much more readable survey of the sacraments than the somewhat dry summary in the Catechism itself.

Recommended for educational usage.
 

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