Intimate Graces

How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage
Author: Teresa Tomeo
Foreword by: Greg Alexander
Foreword by: Julie Alexander

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 2, 2015

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Winner of a Catholic Press Association Award: Family Life Books (First Place).

In Intimate Graces, bestselling author and Catholic media personality Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Dominick Pastore, invite couples to enrich their marriages by practicing the fourteen Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Through their own story and that of other married couples, Tomeo and Pastore demonstrate how reciprocating the works of mercy brings out the best in a marriage.

The Catholic Church encourages believers to perform Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, tangible actions that show charity toward others. In Intimate Graces, Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Dominick Pastore, demonstrate how applying the fourteen traditional virtues of Catholic spirituality can foster deeper intimacy in any marriage. The couple uses personal stories and reflections, as well as the experiences of other Catholic couples, to show how a husband and wife can become, in a real way, a haven of compassion and virtue for each other.

Tomeo and Pastore each write in their own voice and include reflection questions, practical suggestions, and a prayer at the end of each chapter.

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Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594716423

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Rich in practical and spiritual insights.”

    “In Intimate Graces, Teresa and Dominic invite spouses to embrace each other’s humanity with all its quirks and shortcomings, to lift it up, and to heal it through the practice of the works of mercy. Rich in practical and spiritual insights, this book encourages spouses to grow in compassion for each other.”

    John and Teri Bosio
    Creators of Six Dates for Catholic Couples

  • “Valuable ‘vocational development’ for couples.”

    “Intimate Graces is valuable ‘vocational development’ for couples at every stage of the marriage life cycle.”

    Greg and Julie Alexander
    The Alexander House

  • “Practical, wise, and faithful lessons about marriage.”

    “Dominick and Teresa are offering practical, wise, and faithful lessons about marriage. The down-to-earth style will be a great help to couples who read this book.”

    Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug, I.V.D.
    EWTN host and founder of Grace Before Meals

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