Encountering Jesus in Word, Sacraments, and Works of Charity

Encountering Jesus in Word, Sacraments, and Works of Charity

Author: Peter J. Vaghi

Price: $12.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-432-0

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: September 23, 2013

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In one of the first homilies after his election, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said: “There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ.” In his newest book, Encountering Jesus in Word, Sacraments, and Works of Charity, popular DC-based pastor and teacher Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi connects this vision to everyday life, drawing on gospel passages that portray Christ’s power and his important teaching in parables. He also offers challenging reflections that show readers how they can draw near to Christ: by studying scripture, celebrating the sacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity.

This essential resource is perfect for those fostering the New Evangelization, the newly baptized, during the mystagogy phase of RCIA, catechist formation, and adult education. Msgr. Peter Vaghi presents a fresh and challenging look at how to encounter and grow close to Jesus through scripture, the sacraments, and acts of charity. Prayers and reflection questions at the end of each chapter make this an ideal guide for small groups and other settings of adult faith formation.


"Our faith is in a person."

"The New Evangelization tells us that our faith is in a person—Jesus—the second person of the blessed Trinity. Vaghi—a precise theologian, a compelling teacher, a good pastor—helps us meet this person as he speaks, as he sacrifices, as he loves."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York

"This is inspiring reading."

"Through his Pillars of Faith series, Vaghi has emerged as a master teacher of the faith. His latest book is full of fine insights and practical reflections on making the faith come alive in our lives. This is inspiring reading."

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti
Author of Letters to My Brothers

"An invaluable resource."

"An invaluable resource for anyone looking to deepen their Catholic faith. In these pages the reader will find clear and rich expositions of the Catholic faith as believed, celebrated, lived, and prayed. Vaghi's book is an invitation to continue on your daily path of encountering Christ in his Word, sacraments, and through acts of charity so you can become an active participant in the New Evangelization."

Jem Sullivan
Author of Opening the Door of Faith

"My retreat into God's mercy and love."

"Here in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where death is met daily, Vaghi's book has been my retreat into God's mercy and love, a reminder to find him not only in the patients I am blessed to serve, but also each morning when I receive him in the Eucharist."

Deirdre M. Byrne, P.O.S.C.
Little Worker of the Sacred Hearts

"Vividly illustrates how this encounter with Jesus takes place."

"The life of Catholics and, indeed, of all Christians, brings a call to encounter Jesus, day by passing day. Vaghi vividly illustrates how this encounter takes place through pondering the Gospel stories, receiving the sacraments, and practicing loving service to those in need."

Gerald O'Collins, S.J.
Emeritus Professor
Gregorian University

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