Encountering Signs of Faith

My Unexpected Journey with Sacramentals, the Saints, and the Abundant Grace of God
Foreword by: Kelly M. Wahlquist

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Publication date: October 28, 2022

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After a friend gave Allison Gingras a Miraculous Medal, she began to incorporate it and other sacramentals into her personal prayer time and family devotions. She soon discovered that these tangible signs—which Catholics believe prepare us to receive the grace of the sacraments—helped both her and her profoundly deaf daughter connect with God and the spiritual motherhood of Mary, who is intimately connected to so many of these practices.

Blessings, prayers, devotions, and objects such as rosaries and scapulars are forms of sacramentals. In Encountering Signs of Faith, Gingras—founder of Reconciled to You ministries—shares the story of how these helped her discern the adoption of her daughter from China, strengthened her faith as she waited to meet her, helped her bond with the toddler, and taught her daughter about her faith.

Gingras offers examples of saints who inspired and embraced sacramentals, including Juan Diego, Faustina, Bernadette, and Venerable Patrick Peyton. You will also learn about the spiritual benefits of incorporating sacramentals such as sacred images, novenas, prayer cards, lectio divina (sacred reading), and holy water into daily life. Reflection questions and grace-building activities are included with each chapter.

Gingras will guide you and your family to experience these sacred signs in a new way and to connect you more meaningfully to Jesus, Mary, and the saints.

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Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646801411

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A blessing.”

    “Like sacramentals, this book is a blessing.”

    Melanie Rigney
    Author of Sisterhood of Saints

  • “Relatable.”

    “Real, refreshing, and relatable.”

    Michele Faehnle
    Coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms

  • “Informative and instructive.”

    Encountering Signs of Faith is informative and instructive, yet much more. It is at its heart the story of an intimate journey nourished by love and a passion for the faith.”

    Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha
    Diocese of Fall River

  • “Beautiful.”

    Allison Gingras beautifully unites us as a faithful family by introducing us to people, places, and things that make God’s love real. And we see how the tangibles of our faith invoke the prayer of the entire Church and help us live the plan of sheer goodness God has for each of us.”

    From the foreword by Kelly M. Wahlquist
    Founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization

  • “A vivid and powerful story.”

    “Sometimes a vivid and powerful story lingers in our hearts, long after the 'lesson' is forgotten. But in Allison Gingras’s new book, the stories and lessons are unforgettably intertwined. With the vigor and conviction of a great faith, Gingras captivates the reader with enthralling true tales of the supernatural rhythms of her ordinary Catholic life. Just see if you can put it down!”

    Lisa Mladnich
    Founder of Amazing Catechists

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