Talks on the Sacramentals
This 1950 book of Fr. Arthur Tonne is a goldmine of information about the sacramentals of the Roman Catholic Church. It is comprehensive and even unique for offering explanations about certain sacramentals not readily available elsewhere.
As Fr. Tonne explains in his first chapter, Sacraments in General:
The sacraments were instituted by Christ Himself; the sacramentals were founded by Christ’s Church.
And continuing he clarifies:
Do we have to use sacramentals? Does a Catholic have to wear a scapular, or use holy water, or pray the Rosary? Strictly speaking, no. The sacraments are necessary for salvation; the sacramentals are not necessary. Nevertheless, the prayers, pious objects, sacred signs and ceremonies of Mother Church are means to salvation.
A total of 59 sacramentals and their importance in the supernatural life of a Catholic are explained by Fr. Tonne, from the Sign of the Cross, to Holy Water (see the image gallery for the full chapter), the Pope's Blessing to Vigil Lights (see the Table of Contents in the image gallery for a full list).
Discover the richness of the Church's sacramentals in this incredible resource!