Signs of New Life

Signs of New Life

by Joseph Ratzinger


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At life's many crossroads, the Sacraments of the Church continually bring people into contact with the saving work of God: Baptism, Confirmation, Confession, Holy Eucharist, Matrimony Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick.

The celebrations of the Church always offer an opportunity to announce the faith and deepen our understanding of it. Signs of New Life gathers a selection of fourteen homilies by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on each of the Seven Sacraments, as well as an additional two texts on the theme of the Church more broadly.

Ratzinger endeavored as a theologian to develop an understanding of the Sacraments in new ways and to make fruitful the participation of others in the celebration of them. Many of his homilies refer to individual Sacraments and connect them with a profound interpretation of Scripture and of the Christ event. The Scriptural passages interpreted in each homily are listed at the start, so that this volume can also be used for Scriptural meditation and spiritual reading.

This book is intended to help us grasp more profoundly the essence of the Church and to aid us in celebrating and proclaiming the Sacraments as that which they truly are: signs of the new life in Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621642978
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 03/15/2020
Edition description: None
Pages: 125
Sales rank: 382,039
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.

Table of Contents

Foreword by the Editor 7

Introduction Bishop Stefan Oster, S.D.B 9

What Holds It All Together-Church as Foundation of Faith 19


The Light of Life 25

Our Yes to Christ 31


"Choose Life!" 37

Sealed with the Spirit 47


Be Reconciled with God 55

He Restores to Us Our Dignity as His Children 62

Holy Eucharist

Transformation Occurs in Prayer 69

In Bread and Wine He Gives Himself Entirely 77

Anointing of the Sick

Living by God's Great Love 83

Abandoning Oneself to God's Mercy 89


Maturing in Love 97

To Love Means to Give Oneself 104

Holy Orders

Follow-Leave-Proclaim 111

I No Longer Call You Servants, but Friends 118

To Stay United with Jesus-Church as Communion around the Altar 125

Sources 135

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