Saturday, 25 April 2015

Signs of Life, by Scott Hahn

Scott Hahn, Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and their Biblical Roots, 2009 DoubleDay

In the introduction of this book, Scott Hahn points out that for Catholics, there is always something to do. This is so true and one of the reasons I fell in love with Catholicism. We have so many rich devotional practices- candles, novennas, morning offerings, the rosary and others. These all enable us to bring our faith into every minute of the day from morning until the night. In Signs of Life, Scott Hahn demonstrates the value of these pious practices and demonstrates their Biblical foundations. While Hahn has written much on what Catholics believe, this book is about how the Catholic life is lived out.

I think this is a very valuable book, though I was disappointed that Hahn does not include a chapter on the Liturgy of the Hours. I get the impression that many devout Catholics are not even aware of the Liturgy of the Hours, so it would have been helpful for the author to have introduced them to the divine office.

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