Personal Encounters with Memories, Wounds, Dreams, and Unruly Hearts

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Publication date: September 22, 2014

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This collection of perceptive personal essays brings the meaning of the sacraments to life with unflinching realism and compassion. Drawing on his experiences as a priest as well as memories of childhood and adolescence, Patrick Hannon weaves his stories with quirky characters and startling insights into the central actions of Catholic faith in Sacrament: Personal Encounters with Memories, Wounds, Dreams, and Unruly Hearts.  

In the tradition of such writers as Anne Lamott, Richard Rodriguez, and Barry Lopez, Patrick Hannon takes his readers on a captivating spiritual journey with unexpected turns and delightful characters. In Sacrament, Hannon guides readers through his own everyday sacramental encounters as living, breathing moments with God. Each essay is a carefully crafted metaphor of one of the sacraments, and Hannon shows moments of deeply human interaction to indeed be encounters with divine grace. The connections between these narratives and the sacraments only come into focus at the very end of each account in a moment of well-earned epiphany. In presenting these beautiful, subtle meditations, Hannon prompts readers to explore their own imaginations and memories for revitalized appreciation for the seven sacraments.

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Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594715440

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A lively guide!”

    “A lively guide to living out faith in the everyday from an engaging storyteller who knows how to recognize those moments of grace that make our lives sacramental.” 

    Judith Valente
    Author of Atchison Blue

  • “Refreshingly honest account.”

    “At a time when male writers too often confine themselves to theology and apologetics, leaving spirituality to the women, Patrick Hannon has given us a thoroughly masculine, genuinely original, and refreshingly honest account of what it’s like to be a twenty-first-century man of God. Yet this book will appeal to anyone, male or female, who is willing to do some serious wrestling with the soul.”

    Paula Huston
    Author of A Season of Mystery

  • “One of the best Catholic essayists in America.”

    “It’s rare to read vibrant, witty, piercing essays that get waaay under the small boat of religion and deep into the sea of our wild spiritual search. It’s a delight when you find essays like that from Barry Lopez and Annie Dillard, and it’s a delight to find them here, from one of the best Catholic essayists in America.”

    Brian Doyle
    Author of A Book of Uncommon Prayer

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