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Show the ones you love how the Eucharist allows them to hold God's hand. Teach them that receiving Communion strengthens their relationship with God and that through this sacrament he opens the door to Heaven. Adults will also find their love of the Eucharist deepening as they share this beautifully illustrated book with loved ones.
For many the Eucharist embodies the essence of their faith and yet all too often the act of receiving communion has become routine. We stand up on cue approach the altar receive the host and continue on back to our pew. At times we may even choose to walk directly out the church doors without bothering to pray to the One we have received. Communion signals the end of our weekly duty we have kept holy the Sabbath and now we can leave.
Handshake from Heaven reminds adults and illustrates for children that God is present at each service every Mass. It is He who touches them during the Eucharist. We touch God when we hold the consecrated bread in our hands. From the moment of their First Communion Day children should know that they are holding hands with the Lord. Parents can use this book to illustrate to their child how awe-inspiring the seemingly simple act of holding the Eucharist in their hand truly is. Teachers and catechists can use this book to remind students that faith and personal relationships with God are strengthened through holding His Body in the Eucharist.
When we hold hands with the Lord He will take care of us forever.
Carol S Bannon is a full-time writer with a degree in elementary education. She is also a substitute teacher tutors children with learning disabilities and has been a catechist for over 30 years.
She is happily married with 4 grown children. She currently resides in Concord Township Ohio. Carol is a member of the Catholic Writer's Guild and writes a monthly column for CatholicMom.com
Michaelin Otis is an award-winning artist with a studio and gallery in White Bear Lake Minnesota. She is the author of Watercolor for the Fun of It: Painting People and teaches watercolor workshops around the country and the world. She is the illustrator of Sara Wants to Know. She has been featured in many national publications magazines and books. Samples of her other work are available at AvalonArtsGallery.com.Carol Sbordon Bannon is a full-time writer with a degree in elementary education. She is also a substitute teacher tutors children with learning disabilities and has been a catechist for over 30 years.
"This is a lovely faith-filled book parents can use to share their faith with their children."
--Sr. Dominica Brennan OP Chancellor Canonical Affairs St. Paul Archdiocese of St. Paul Minnesota
"A Handshake from Heaven is a beautiful book for children."
--Fr. David J. Mullen Pastor St. Brendan Catholic Church Bellingham Massachusetts"This is a lovely faith-filled book parents can use to share their faith with their children."