"Living the Sacraments" – Review
I've lately become determined to post a review of every book I read this year. So I'll be trying to write more short book reviews to supplement the longer ones. I already have a little catching up to do since it's already April, so here's the first of my brief reviews:
In my early Catholic days, I would often receive the Eucharist and feel as if nothing happened. While I was happy to get my sins off my chest through Confession, I didn't feel much holier afterward. And I had trouble "living out my baptism"--whatever that meant--since I didn't even remember when I was baptized.
Living the Sacraments was written for people just like me, people trying to figure out how to tap into the sacraments and maximize their power. The Church teaches that each sacrament's "efficacy" is tied into our orientation toward it. In other words, someone going to Confession out of mere obligation yet content to continue sinning doesn't receive the sacrament's full grace. Likewise, when we receive the Eucharist lackadaisically we stymie it from transforming us.
Bert's book--with ringing endorsements from Scott Hahn, Archbishop Chaput, and Ralph Martin--unravels these issues and teaches how to understand and properly approach the sacraments. And he does it all through Scripture, writings from the saints, wise guidance, and warm personal stories.
Whether you're unfamiliar with the sacraments or have been engaging them for years, Living the Sacraments will provide clarity on these sacred passages.
(Full disclosure: Bert is a great friend of mine, but I would still recommended this book even if we were mortal enemies...well, probably.)