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The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church Romanus Cessario, OP This book offers an in-depth explanation of the seven sacraments celebrated in the Catholic Church. “An essential guide for Catholic students at every level of catechet- ical and theological formation.” —ARCHBISHOP J. AUGUSTINE DI NOIA, OP, Vatican City “With a rare combination of learning and lucid expression, Cessario tells us everything we need to know about the sacraments. This is a book that should deepen any reader’s experience of the way each sacrament confers, strengthens, or restores holiness.” —MARY ANN GLENDON, Harvard University (emerita) “A clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the order of sacramental grace as a whole as well as to each of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. This book is indispensable and welcome reading.” —REINHARD HÜTTER, The Catholic University of America; Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas; Appointed Member of the International Theological Commission 2021–26 “This book will be valued for its comprehensive character. Beyond a treatment of each sacrament, there is robust and substantial treatment of the necessity, nature, number, and especially causality of the sacraments.” —GUY MANSINI, OSB, Ave Maria University “Fr. Cessario has written a remarkable book. This book will undoubtedly deepen faith in and cultivate practice of the sacra- ments.” —JÖRGEN VIJGEN, Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Vatican City

JUNE 2023 • 304 pp. • cloth • $32.99 • 9781540962546

Romanus Cessario, OP (STD, University of Fribourg) holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University. He was named and remains an Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Cessario has published in the fields of moral and sacramental theology as well as in the history of Thomism. His books include The Moral Virtues and Theological Ethics , A Short History of Thomism , and Christian Faith and the Theological Life .


Introduction PART 1: CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY 1. Catholic Theology

PART 2: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS 13. Baptism 14. Confirmation 15. Eucharist 16. Penance and Reconciliation 17. Anointing of the Sick

2. Sacramental Theology after the Council 3. Some Preliminary Notions of Causality 4. Some Fresh Perspectives on the Sacramental Economy

5. The Saving Work of Christ 6. The Sacramental Economy 7. Christ, Justification, and Faith 8. Efficacy and Sacramental Character 9. The Nature of a Sacrament 10. The Necessity of the Sacraments 11. How Sacramental Mediation Works 12. The Number of the Sacraments

18. Holy Orders 19. Matrimony Conclusion Indexes


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