Drawing from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, and the writings of Benedict XVI and John Paul II, Msgr. Peter Vaghis easy-to-use resource considers each of the sacraments from a personal, communal, and social perspective. The chapters explore the sacraments as a whole and examine the scriptural foundation, the history, and the symbolism of each.
At a time when Mass attendance, Confession, and the celebration of Catholic weddings are all declining, the clarity and accessibility of Msgr. Peter Vaghis writing on the meaning of these celebrations, complemented by questions for reflection and prayer, makes The Sacraments We Celebrate a vital resource for any Catholic seeking to understand these central actions of the faith.
Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi is pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He received seminary and theological training at the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University, both in Rome. Also a graduate of University of Virginia Law School, Vaghi practiced law for many years and remains a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Vaghi serves as chaplain of the John Carroll Society, a group of professional men and women in service of the Archbishop of Washington. He is the author of the Pillars of Faith series, which currently includes The Faith We Profess and The Sacraments We Celebrate, and The Commandments We Keep. He has written a number of articles for America, Priest, and Our Sunday Visitor. He has also a contributed to two collections of writings on priestly spirituality: Behold Your Mother and Born of the Eucharist.
Monsignor Peter Vaghi speaks out of his long pastoral experience in a way that helps the reader recognize that what is taking place in the sacramental sign is real. A delight to read and a joy to recommend.
- Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
"Msgr. Peter Vaghis clear account of the seven sacraments is doctrinally sound, pastorally perceptive, and spiritually insightful. All who read this book will come to a greater appreciation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and so deepen their faith in Jesus and their love of the sacraments he instituted."
- Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., Executive Director for the Secretariat for Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"This book shows that the sacraments are truly a celebration, a celebration of Christs love as real as the love he showed when he walked the earth. Prepareyourself for a breath of fresh spiritual air-the heart and beauty of encountering Christ in the sacraments comes alive in these pages."
- Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
"But get ready for this work not only to form your mind, but also to touch your heart and soul. Im afraid we Catholics take our sacramental life for granted. If you want a booster shot for a faith in the sacraments that has become a bit listless, keep on reading. Thanks, Monsignor Vaghi, for calling us back to the roots of our Catholic religion, the seven sacraments. You indeed proclaim the mysteries of our faith."
- Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"What a treasure! Filled with reverence, carefully researched, well rounded, thoughtful questions-who could ask for more? Msgr. Peter Vaghi has done a great service for catechetical leaders looking for a summary of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church that is practical and pastoral. This volume is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand these mysteries more deeply."
- Carole Obrokta, Director of Religious Education, Archdiocese of New Orleans