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.
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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
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
I No Longer Call You Servants, but Friends 118
To Stay United with Jesus-Church as Communion around the Altar 125