Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review: The Power of the Sacraments

This is one of those books that proves the adage "don't judge a book by its cover" (or size, in this case).  This unassuming volume -- small in size (5"x5") and few pages (only 64) -- is packed with great information.  The Power of the Sacraments by Sr. Briege McKenna is an excellent resource for reviewing the meaning behind the seven sacraments.  Sr. Briege McKenna, a Sister of St. Clare, is well-known throughout the world in her vocation of ministry to priests and her healing ministry.  An Irish woman, Sr. Briege has brought her ministry to all parts of the world, using some of these experiences to illustrate the efficacy of each of the sacraments.

After explaining exactly what a sacrament is (an outward sign of God's grace and unconditional love for us), Sr. Briege goes on to explain each sacrament with specific examples of how the sacrament has worked in the lives of real people.  Each of these examples is excellent in pointing out God's infinite love for each of us when we ask (by receiving the specific sacrament).

This book is a great  "refresher course"  for those of us who may be a little "rusty" on the need for the various sacraments; it is also a great overview for introducing the sacraments given to us by Jesus.  I will be using this book for introducing each sacrament as BamBam prepares for the reception of his First Reconciliation and his First Holy Communion in the Spring 2011. 

Highly recommend.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Power of the Sacraments and be sure to check out their great selection of baptism gifts while you are there.  The comments in the review above are my honest opinion of this book by Sr. Breige.

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