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.
Patrick Hannon is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He was raised near Oakland, California. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Portland in Oregon, received his master of divinity at the University of Notre Dame, and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University. Hannon was ordained a priest in 1989 and has, over twenty-five years of priesthood, been a high school English teacher, a high school principal, a parish priest, a rector of a university residence hall, and a campus minister. His essays have appeared in US Catholic, Portland Magazine, Notre Dame Magazine, The Utne Reader, Best Catholic Writing and Gold Man Review. He is the author of four collections of essays: Running into the Arms of God, Geography of Gods Mercy, The Long Yearnings End, and Hearts and Voices. He currently ministers and teaches writing at the University of Portland, and leads parish missions and retreats. He enjoys films, the occasional poker game and microbrew, and spending time with his ever-expanding Irish Catholic family.
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