Scapulars, candles, holy water, rosaries, relics, medals–these sacramentals are a profound grace to many, but still a mystery to some. In "Amazing Graces," author Julie Dortch Cragon takes a look at the most popular sacramentals, explaining what a sacramental is, their history in the Church, the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental, and why sacramentals are still important channels of grace for you today. Using personal stories, Cragon shows you how sacramentals can increase your faith and provide tangible help and special blessings in times of difficulty.
Advance praise for "Amazing Graces"
""Amazing Graces" is a fascinating and unique look at the sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Author Julie Dortch Cragon tells engaging stories about each sacramental as she explains how these beneficial channels of grace can give you a tangible sense of God in your life." –Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, EWTN TV host
and author of "The Miraculous Medal"
"What treasures lie within our reach! Julie Dortch Cragon unveils the sometimes unknown–and too often misunderstood–richness of Catholic sacramentals. Through her historical, spiritual, and personal insights, we discover anew the wealth of graces available to us. This book is a blessing in itself. –Gina Loehr, author, "Saint Francis, Pope Francis"
"In "Amazing Graces: The Blessings of Sacramentals," Julie Dortch Cragon gifts us with a serious and challenging consideration of the role of sacramentals in our Church and in our prayer lives. Far from simply just 'decorations' or feel-good traditions, these powerful tools give us the profound opportunity to know, share, and truly love our Catholic faith. This book belongs in every Catholic home." –Lisa M. Hendey, author, "The Grace of Yes"
"This book warmed my heart and reminded me why I love being Catholic!" –Jon M. Sweeney, author, "The Pope Who Quit" and "When Saint Francis Saved the Church"
""Amazing Graces" is a much-needed book, as sacramentals are so often misunderstood and undervalued in our Catholic culture today. My gratitude to Julie Dortch Cragon for bringing this vital part of our faith back to life." –Marge Fenelon, author, "Strengthening Your Family" and "Imitating Mary"
"Along with the usual suspects–a rosary, holy water–Julie Dortch Cragon rounds up the objects, prayers, and activities God uses as a delivery system for his grace. As she explains fasting, nativity scenes, and more, we are encouraged to grow closer to Christ through the concrete gifts of this world." –Karen Edmisten, author, "After Miscarriage"
"In "Amazing Graces" Julie Dortch Cragon outlines the small, everyday things we can do to nurture our soul and helps us understand all the graces that surround us in the Catholic Church." –Brian Kennelly, author, "Two Statues" and "To the Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Pier Giorgio Frassati"
"In this inspiring and informative book, Julie Dortch Cragon shows how sacramentals are amazing graces that draw us nearer to God and bear witness to his presence in our world. She highlights many tradi- tional prayers, objects, and practices that make the moments of our life holy." –Bert Ghezzi, author, "Living the Sacraments" and "The Heart of Catholicism"