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I LIKE BEING A CATHOLIC

TREASURED TRADITIONS RITUALS

ISBN13: 9780385499514

ISBN10: 0385499515

Publisher: Doubleday

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  • A celebration of the treasured traditions, rituals, and stories that run through the bloodstream of American Catholics

    For Andrew Greeley, it is the reverence of Christmas night and the exultation of Easter morn. Martin Scorsese, like many others, remains grateful for the nuns who rapped his knuckles but built his self-esteem. Mary Gordon recalls the sense of lightness that follows confession; Vince Lombardi, the strength he derived from Mass; and Christopher Buckley, the role St. Thomas More plays in his writing.

  • Michael Leach



    Therese J. Borchard


    Therese J. Borchard is the author of the hit daily blog “Beyond Blue” on Beliefnet.com, which is featured regularly on The Huffington Post and was voted by PsychCentral.com as one of the top 10 depression blogs, and she moderates the popular depression support group, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet’s social networking site. Therese is the editor of The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World, featured in Real Simple, Parenting, More, Working Mother, Psychology Today, Fit Pregnancy, the Chicago Tribune, and on Salon.com, and of I Love Being a Mom: Treasured Stories, Memories, and Milestones, a Target selection, and featured in Redbook, Parenting, BabyTalk, the Chicago Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press. With Michael Leach, she is co-editor of A Celebration of a Married Life and the national bestseller I Like Being Catholic. Her memoir, Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes, will be released in January of 2010.Therese has published articles in the Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parenting, Guideposts, Publishers Weekly, the Baltimore Sun, America, and on PsychCentral.com, The Huffington Post, and Yahoo! Her nationally syndicated column, “Our Turn,” is distributed biweekly by Catholic News Service. She appears monthly on Sirius Satellite Radio, is featured regularly on radio programs throughout the country, and has been a repeated guest on national television programs, such as "Fox and Friends" (Fox News Channel) and "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (ABC). She lives with her husband, Eric, and their two “spirited” children in Annapolis, Maryland.


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    This books resolute title and upbeat chapter headings promise a positive, apologetic approach to Roman Catholicism, and its essays do not disappoint. Longtime religion publisher Leach and Catholic author Borchard have edited a glowing collection of Catholic testimonial essays, fond remembrances of childhood church and parochial school days, loving prayers and descriptions of favorite Catholic rituals, traditions, prayers, saints and cultural influences. Bestselling novelist and priest Andrew Greeley sets the tone with his enthusiastic opening essay, "Its Fun to Be Catholic," which extols Catholicism as both a "religion of festivity and celebration" and a uniquely communal "religion for everyone." The ensuing chapters consist of a wide array of topically arranged contributions from clergy and laity of all ranks, walks of life and degrees of renown. Side by side are accounts from Saint Francis, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa; from Yogi Berra, Gary Cooper, Mary Higgins Clark and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy; and from ordinary electricians, innkeepers, parents and children. Leach and Borchard provide structure, connecting insights and a few brief essays to coordinate this multifaceted, highly favorable presentation of Catholicism. These laudatory essays are generally inspiring and educational to read, but the collections perfectly positive picture omits any significant awareness of undeniable contemporary church dilemmas, such as declining church membership and vocations, or disagreements regarding "relevant" worship styles versus traditional Mass.

    - Publishers Weekly

    Simple and honest essays, recollections, and quotations on contemporary Catholic faith and culture in America today.As promised, this collection offers dozens of answers to the question "Do you like being Catholic?" and to its natural followup: "Why?" The responses are celebrations of favorite prayers, Christmas Masses, Catholic music and literature, and the lives of heroic and "average" Catholics-told by well-known and unknown Catholics. Editors Leach and Borchard include several of their own pieces in the set, such as Leachs "Ten Good Reasons to Raise Your Kids Catholic" and Borchards "Theres Something About Mary." While both of these titles suggest a comic slant, however, the essays-and the collection as a whole-fall short on wit and entertainment value. Still, the writing is honest, warm, and uncomplicated, conveying authors devotion to their faith and to the Catholic community. Highlights include best of Catholic culture picks-amusing yet somewhat predictable top-ten lists of the best Catholic novels and movies (think: Ulysses, A Man for all Seasons, etc.). Also featured throughout are a flurry of quotes by well-known Catholics from Martin Scorsese and Flannery OConnor to Mario Cuomo and Yogi Berra. But while the editors have collected material from a broad scope of the 63 million American Catholics, the result is a choppy stream of soundbites that never truly gets beneath the surface. Catholic readers should not expect an in-depth reaffirmation of their faith, but they may enjoy dipping into the memories and sentiments of those who share their religious heritage.

    - Kirkus Reviews

    "In an age of negativism, pessimism and worse, despair, I Like Being Catholic is a breath of fresh air. I would hope that Catholic parents, especially young ones, would find in this book a breath of fresh air, a sense of optimism, and something precious to transmit to their children."

    - Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

    "Practicing Catholics, ex-Catholics, conservative and liberal Catholics, alienated Catholics, recovering Catholics, pious and impious Catholicsunite! Here is the reason that Catholicism is so deep in your bones. Welcome to your rich spiritual heritage."

    - Paul Wilkes, author of Beyond the Walls and The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics

    "I Like Being Catholic touches the heartstrings, calls forth laughter and tears, and offers the possibility to deepen and more profoundly appreciate an incredible gift: faith. It does so because it is personal, authentic, and inspirational and it will resonate in your soul."

    - Sue Mosteller, Director of Henri Nouwen Literary Center

    "Theres no better way for anyone to appreciate the "unity in diversity" that is the Catholic Church than by reading I Like Being Catholic. Where else but in the Catholic Church is there enough love to embrace such different folks as Vince Lombardi, William F. Buckley, Jr., Mary Higgins Clark, Andrew Greeley, Joan Chittister, OSB, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Joan Wester Anderson, Martin Scorsese and scores of not-so-famous, very diverse people-all of whom simply enjoy being Catholic?"

    - Bert Ghezzi, author of Voices of the Saints


    "In an age of negativism, pessimism and worse, despair, I Like Being Catholic is a breath of fresh air. I would hope that Catholic parents, especially young ones, would find in this book a breath of fresh air, a sense of optimism, and something precious to transmit to their children."

    - Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

    "Practicing Catholics, ex-Catholics, conservative and liberal Catholics, alienated Catholics, recovering Catholics, pious and impious Catholicsunite! Here is the reason that Catholicism is so deep in your bones. Welcome to your rich spiritual heritage."

    - Paul Wilkes, author of Beyond the Walls and The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics

    "I Like Being Catholic touches the heartstrings, calls forth laughter and tears, and offers the possibility to deepen and more profoundly appreciate an incredible gift: faith. It does so because it is personal, authentic, and inspirational and it will resonate in your soul."

    - Sue Mosteller, Director of Henri Nouwen Literary Center

    "Theres no better way for anyone to appreciate the "unity in diversity" that is the Catholic Church than by reading I Like Being Catholic. Where else but in the Catholic Church is there enough love to embrace such different folks as Vince Lombardi, William F. Buckley, Jr., Mary Higgins Clark, Andrew Greeley, Joan Chittister, OSB, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Joan Wester Anderson, Martin Scorsese and scores of not-so-famous, very diverse people-all of whom simply enjoy being Catholic?"

    - Bert Ghezzi, author of Voices of the Saints


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I LIKE BEING A CATHOLIC