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Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a by Nancy Jo Sullivan

By Nancy Jo Sullivan

Testifying to the life-changing and joy-giving energy of the sacraments, Catholic writer Nancy Jo Sullivan stocks how moments in her existence and that of her overdue daughter Sarah—who had Down syndrome—unexpectedly caused a renewed religion and deeper courting with God and others.

With startling and brave readability, Nancy Jo Sullivan recollects the adventure that led her to resume and reclaim the religion of her formative years that had long past dormant till she skilled it during the eyes of Sarah, her baby with Down syndrome. Her artfully informed tale demanding situations us to determine the sacraments anew, deepening our personal religion and reminding us of the sweetness in each one sacrament.

Small occasions in Sarah’s life—in which her daughter’s imaginative and prescient and voice helped these round her to gain the preciousness in their lifestyles and faith—trigger Sullivan’s reflections on moments in her personal existence and at the sacraments. adolescence stories of just about drowning floor at Sarah’s baptism, as Sullivan feels an identical powerlessness on the considered elevating her disabled daughter that she felt while she thrashed desperately within the water. in the course of the phrases of the priest as he pours the baptismal waters on Sarah, Sullivan learned how Baptism attracts us from the overpowering waters in our existence to the sunshine of lifestyles with God. Our trip with Sullivan maintains during the sacraments until eventually the tip of Sarah’s lifestyles, while thoughts of Sullivan’s father’s deadly center assault collide along with her inner debate of if it is time for Sarah to obtain the sacrament of the Anointing of the in poor health. Sullivan realizes that this sacrament, so usually linked to loss of life, is de facto intended to offer us existence and hope.

Couriers of Grace comprises an appendix with meditations and mirrored image questions for private or workforce study.

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