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Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments

Paula Huston, Thomas Grady

Verlag: Wipf & Stock Pub, 2010
ISBN 10: 1608999009 / ISBN 13: 9781608999002
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Verlag: Wipf & Stock Pub

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Inhaltsangabe: Renowned Catholic writers share their distinct and deeply moving interpretations of the seven sacraments

"Given Catholicism's ancient aesthetic splendor, it's not surprising that many believing artists are Catholics . . . The seven sacraments of the Catholic church-Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders-make visible momentarily and through symbol the mysterious meeting of the human and the divine." (from the Introduction by Thomas Grady and Paula Huston)

A distinctly integral feature of Catholic life, the seven holy sacraments play an enormously influential role in the lives of many writers who practice the Catholic faith. Signatures of Grace is a remarkable collection of essays inspired by the sacraments, showcasing several of the finest Catholic writers of our time-including Mary Gordon, Ron Hansen, Patricia Hampl, and Andre Dubus-who have in common their personal commitments to the Catholic faith. Each essay, lyrically written and thought-provoking on its own, offers an individual writer's fresh perspective about the influence of Catholicism on his or her work. Signatures of Grace describes the profound mysteries of sacramental life and is a unique contribution to literature in this genre.

Rezension: Signatures of Grace is a collection of essays interweaving personal testimony with historical and theological reflections on the sacraments at the heart of Catholic worship. The contributors to this volume are among America's best contemporary Catholic writers, including Patricia Hampl, Mary Gordon, and Murray Bodo. Perhaps the best essay in this book, however, is "Eucharist," by novelist Ron Hansen (author of Mariette in Ecstasy). Hansen's description of the Eucharist's significance in Catholic theology is deft and broad-minded: "Our gifts of bread and wine are changed by Christ.... They are no longer things; they are God. And in this extravagant gift of the Eucharist we are, as Saint Augustine wrote, receiving ourselves, for our Baptism formed us into the body of Christ and his members." The book ends with an essay by the late Andre Dubus called "Sacraments," which describes how the author found God's presence in everyday physical experiences, such as cooking for his daughters, lighting a cigarette for his father, and feeling the breeze on his face. Signatures of Grace will help many readers become similarly attuned to God's presence in their everyday lives, in a manner that is firmly grounded in Catholic history and theology. --Michael Joseph Gross

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