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Paulist Press Theology of the Sacraments Collection (3 vols.)
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Paulist Press Theology of the Sacraments Collection (3 vols.)

by 4 authors

Paulist Press 1998–2007

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$39.99

Overview

The Paulist Press Theology of the Sacraments Collection examines the sacraments in light of the postmodern world, helping today’s Catholics to understand and contextualize the sacraments, and offering guidance to those who administer the sacraments to them. Carmelite priests Gregory L. Klein and Robert A. Wolfe draw upon their history in pastoral ministry and education, presenting readers with actual, relatable examples from their valuable experiences. Lambert J. Leijssen and Kenan B. Osborne look at postmodern philosophy and sacramental doctrine, providing insight on the graces, blessings, and difficulties encountered in the sacramental tradition of today’s Church.

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This collection is part of the Paulist Press Liturgy and Sacraments Bundle.

Key Features

  • Examines the sacraments in light of postmodern philosophy
  • Illustrates with real-life examples from practicing priests
  • Offers guidance to administering and receiving the sacraments in the Church today

Product Details

Individual Titles

Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World

  • Author: Kenan B. Osborne
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 272

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Kenan B. Osborne radically rethinks sacramental life and theology from the standpoint of postmodern philosophy.

Kenan B. Osborne OFM, is emeritus professor of systematic theology at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He is a Franciscan priest. He is the author of several books, including Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World, Sacramental Guidelines, Sacramental Theology, and The Christian Sacraments of Initiation.

Pastoral Foundations of the Sacraments: A Catholic Perspective

  • Authors: Gregory L. Klein and Robert A. Wolfe
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 208

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In Pastoral Foundations of the Sacraments, Carmelite priests Gregory L. Klein and Robert A. Wolfe propose a model for exploring and understanding Catholic worship. The model begins with the human experience of persons who come to the Church for a variety of reasons and occasions. Many chapters begin with an actual pastoral situation, then examines the sacraments and a review of the history of the sacraments in the Church. Finally, the model focuses on the actual rites of the Church and some of the pastoral challenges Catholics encounter in their efforts to live the truth that only memory can treasure.

The authors make continual reference to the wealth of doctrinal and catechetical material contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and all of the chapters conclude with a “Questions for Reflection and Discussion” section.

Gregory L. Klein is a priest of the Carmelite Order, Most Pure Heart of Mary Province. He has done the majority of his ministry in Catholic education, and is currently assistant professor of religious studies at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York.

Robert A. Wolfe is a priest of the Carmelite Order, Most Pure Heart of Mary Province. He was pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Tenafly, New Jersey, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Houston, Texas. He is currently Eastern Regional Provincial for the Carmelites and lives in Bogota, New Jersey.

With the Silent Glimmer of God’s Spirit

  • Author: Lambert J. Leijssen
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 147

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With the Silent Glimmer of God’s Spirit gives a comprehensive account of recent developments in sacramental theology in the context of postmodern thinking. Lambert J. Leijssen uses the concepts of “gift” and “icon” to speak about the sacraments in a way that implies interaction between giver and recipient. Leijssen discusses the individual sacraments according to the usual categories of initiation, healing, and vocation, but views these categories through the lens of their relation to everyday life. He considers the grace of each sacrament as a gift of the Holy Spirit by which the Christian’s daily life is illuminated with a silent glimmer of God’s Spirit. He also looks at the current realities faced by those responsible for administering the sacraments and considers the pastoral implications. The book concludes with ecumenical perspectives for the celebration of the sacraments in agreement with the Eastern churches and the churches of the Protestant Reformation.

This intelligent, deeply spiritual reexamination of the Catholic doctrine of the sacraments sheds new light on their significance in the Christian’s life, while remaining faithful to their traditional meaning.

—Louis Dupré, professor emeritus, religious studies, Yale University

Lambert J. Leijssen is a priest of the diocese of Hasselt and professor of theology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He has written numerous publications on liturgy and the sacraments.