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Swear to God : The Promise and Power of the Sacraments - Scott W. Hahn

Swear to God

The Promise and Power of the Sacraments

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Published: 1st August 2004
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The Church is the extension of Christ's incarnation, and that extension takes place through the sacraments. God does extraordinary things through ordinary means. He uses the natural to do the supernatural, the human to accomplish the divine. So the sacraments, in sum, constitute the very heart of the Catholic faith and worship.'

Scott Hahn argues that every society- be it nation, neighbourhood, family or Church- is held together by the power of personal commitments. When we really want to change our lives, when we want to make love and endure, we mark the transition by an oath. The words we say bind us to a course of action. But the most powerful oaths of all are those that mark the Christian sacraments. In Swear to God, Hahn restores the connection between sacred words and human action, promises and commitment.

Hahn draws on the history of ancient Israel, the Gospels, the writings of the early Church, and the lives of the saints. He shows how God's covenant - the promises he made to Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses- became the driving force in history. When Jesus fulfilled all these oaths he established a new covenant, with its own sacrifices, but with greater power than ever before. In the Church's sacraments- such as Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Matrimony- each individual enters the covenant and swears the oath.

" This book, easy to read but profound in its implications, draws on the Bible, on Catholic teaching, patristic wisdom, and rabbinical learning to explain the meaning and importance of sacraments. What the author tells of his own discovery and experience of sacramental life is illuminating and heartwarming. It will help Catholics grasp better the wonder and necessity of sacraments in God's plan of salvation and allow other Christians to see their significance for the following of Christ."
-- Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago
" As one who has lived with a lifelong realistic understanding of the sacraments, especially of the Holy Eucharist, I found Scott Hahn's journey from Calvin's devout but symbolic understanding to the traditional realism of the Church Fathers most enlightening. This book will be a big help to Catholics confronted by careless and inaccurate teaching about the sacraments. It will also aid Protestants, who have often lost even the sacramental piety of the Reformation and who are beginning to rediscover the sacraments instituted by Christ."
--Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., author of "In the Presence of Our Lord
"" Dr. Hahn has done it once again: he has given us a crisp, clear and compelling look at the very essence of Catholic life, the sacraments. Simply put, Scott believes the sacraments really do work. And he believes that the sacraments are God's wok for us, not our work for God."
--Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee
" In "Swear to God," Dr. Scott Hahn provides his readers with a fresh, enthusiastic introduction to thetheology of Sacraments. His readers will be rewarded not only with clear theological information but also with authentically Catholic inspiration. His pen continues to be a blessing for all who seek a deeper understanding of what the Lord has revealed."
--Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York
"This book, easy to read but profound in its implications, draws on the Bible, on Catholic teaching, patristic wisdom, and rabbinical learning to explain the meaning and importance of sacraments. What the author tells of his own discovery and experience of sacramental life is illuminating and heartwarming. It will help Catholics grasp better the wonder and necessity of sacraments in God's plan of salvation and allow other Christians to see their significance for the following of Christ."
--Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago
"As one who has lived with a lifelong realistic understanding of the sacraments, especially of the Holy Eucharist, I found Scott Hahn's journey from Calvin's devout but symbolic understanding to the traditional realism of the Church Fathers most enlightening. This book will be a big help to Catholics confronted by careless and inaccurate teaching about the sacraments. It will also aid Protestants, who have often lost even the sacramental piety of the Reformation and who are beginning to rediscover the sacraments instituted by Christ."
--Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., author of "In the Presence of Our Lord
""Dr. Hahn has done it once again: he has given us a crisp, clear and compelling look at the very essence of Catholic life, the sacraments. Simply put, Scott believes the sacraments really do work. And he believes that the sacraments are God's wok for us, not our work for God."
--Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee
"In "Swear to God," Dr. Scott Hahn provides his readers with a fresh, enthusiastic introduction to the theology of Sacraments. His readers will be rewarded not only with clear theologicalinformation but also with authentically Catholic inspiration. His pen continues to be a blessing for all who seek a deeper understanding of what the Lord has revealed."
--Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York

ISBN: 9780232525595
ISBN-10: 0232525595
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.301