Catholic Trivia

Author: Mark Elvins

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing


Category: Humor

Page: 160

View: 363

Illustrated throughout by the well-known Catholic artist and cartoonist John Ryan (inventor of Captain Pugwash), Catholic Trivia sets itself to reclaim the hidden history of Catholicism in Britain. Many common words and expressions, place names, pub signs, diseases and customs betray the deep influence of the Catholic Church on our national consciousness, despite every attempt to root it out. Not without a gleam in the eye, Mark Elvins reveals the origins of saluting the quarter deck and kissing the papal toe, of Charing Cross and Covent Garden, of kicking the bucket and going on the dole. From the sublime to the ridiculous, he collects a treasury of information with a multitude of uses, for the conversationalist or the student of history, for the devout, the undevout or the quiz-show host. There is a joy about being a Catholic - and this informative book is a joyful and fascinating celebration of the sayings and quirks derived from the Faith.

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth

Author: Brian Singer-Towns

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press


Category: Religion

Page: 475

View: 180

This reference is an understandable and down-to-earth guide to all things Catholic. The resource is appropriate for brushing up on specific Catholic terms and concepts or learning them for the first time. (Catholic)

Catholic Lives

Author: Greg Watts

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing


Category: Catholic converts

Page: 216

View: 523

The Catholic Faith

An Introduction

Author: Lawrence Cunningham

Publisher: Paulist Press


Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 438

Surveys the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church, discusses the church's modern influence, and describes what it means to be a Catholic.

America’s Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself)

Stephen Colbert and American Religion in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Stephanie N. Brehm

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press


Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 763

For nine years, Stephen Colbert’s persona “Colbert”—a Republican superhero and parody of conservative political pundits—informed audiences on current events, politics, social issues, and religion while lampooning conservative political policy, biblical literalism, and religious hypocrisy. To devout, vocal, and authoritative lay Catholics, religion is central to both the actor and his most famous character. Yet many viewers wonder, “Is Colbert a practicing Catholic in real life or is this part of his act?” America’s Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself) examines the ways in which Colbert challenges perceptions of Catholicism and Catholic mores through his faith and comedy. Religion and the foibles of religious institutions have served as rich fodder for scores of comedians over the years. What set “Colbert” apart on his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, was that his critical observations were made more powerful and harder to ignore because he approached religious material not from the predictable stance of the irreverent secular comedian but from his position as one of the faithful. He is a Catholic celebrity who can bridge critical outsider and participating insider, neither fully reverent nor fully irreverent. Providing a digital media ethnography and rhetorical analysis of Stephen Colbert and his character from 2005 to 2014, author Stephanie N. Brehm examines the intersection between lived religion and mass media, moving from an exploration of how Catholicism shapes Colbert’s life and world towards a conversation about how “Colbert” shapes Catholicism. Brehm provides historical context by discovering how “Colbert” compares to other Catholic figures, such Don Novello, George Carlin, Louis C.K., and Jim Gaffigan, who have each presented their views of Catholicism to Americans through radio, film, and television. The last chapter provides a current glimpse of Colbert on The Late Show, where he continues to be voice for Catholicism on late night, now to an even broader audience. America’s Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself) also explores how Colbert carved space for Americans who currently define their religious lives through absence, ambivalence, and alternatives. Brehm reflects on the complexity of contemporary American Catholicism as it is lived today in the often-ignored form of Catholic multiplicity: thinking Catholics, cultural Catholics, cafeteria Catholics, and lukewarm Catholics, or what others have called Colbert Catholicism, an emphasis on the joy of religion in concert with the suffering. By examining the humor in religion, Brehm allows us to see clearly the religious elements in the work and life of comedian Stephen Colbert.

Catholic by Choice

Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

Author: Richard Cole

Publisher: Loyola Press


Category: Religion

Page: 234

View: 155

“I look around the church as we sing. I was expecting the Hollywood version of a monastery, something European looking, with vineyards and massive stone buildings and ivy-covered cloisters. I wanted sturdy monks singing with deep, vibrant voices, like the Gregorian chant CDs that I play at home when I take a hot bath and light candles and sticks of incense. … Why am I here? To get a bit of rest. Read a few books. That’s what I thought, anyway. Now, I’m not sure.” Richard Cole initially saw his trip to a monastery in western Texas as a retreat—to check out for a few days, maybe a chance to catch up on his reading. Instead, Cole embarks on a zigzagging roller coaster of emotion and examination as he discerns, dissects, and discovers the incredible vibrancy of the Catholic community. Catholic by Choice provides a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert, telling a deeply personal yet relatable story of discovery, doubt, and finding a place at God’s table.

Ready-to-go Game Shows (that Teach Serious Stuff)

Author: Michael Theisen

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press


Category: Religion

Page: 143

View: 872

The Catholic teachings and practices edition of Ready-to-Go Game Shows is a great way for teens to learn about the history, teachings, and rituals of Catholicism. Complete instructions for these eight games are included: Who Wants to Be a Catholic Millionaire Faithful Feud Catholic Jeopardy Holy, Holy, Holy Squares The Church Is Right The Real Fortune Grace Ball Catholic Pictionary

Vengeance Is Mine

Author: Joanne Fluke

Publisher: Kensington Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 687

Minnesota police chief and a madman face off, and one woman may be caught in the middle in this novel from a New York Times–bestselling author. As a family clinic administrator, Michele Layton has seen her share of suffering. But never anything like this. Not here in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A local activist has been found murdered, his body frozen like a statue and placed in a Winter Carnival ice sculpture display. Next a vicious hate crime puts a man in the ICU. And locked away in the Holy Rest mental ward, a deranged man of the cloth prays for more sinners to be punished—and waits for a sign from above. These seemingly random acts lead police chief Steve Radke to Michele, who could be the next pawn in a madman’s chess game of life and death, good versus evil . . .

Mercy and Pardon

The Parable of the Prodigal

Author: Fr. Len Fecko

Publisher: AuthorHouse


Category: Religion

Page: 74

View: 979

When Pope Francis announced that the church would be celebrating a year of mercy, he mentioned that the parable of the prodigal son is one of the stories included in the Gospel of Luke, the Evangelist of Mercy, that help us understand the nature of God the Father. The God of love and compassion wants to lavishly bestow an extravagant amount of mercy and pardon on all His children, especially those who have lost their way. In this work, Father Len Fecko shifts the emphasis away from the younger son and focuses on the behavior of the father. Although the parable is often used as a starting point to talk about conversion, the intent and purpose of the younger son is not what matters. It is the response of the father that provides an important lesson for us. He is the character who was disrespected by his son and made to look like a fool, yet he is the one who opens our minds to a new way of understanding the nature of God the Father. Fr. Len sets the stage for his analysis of the parable by considering the historical and cultural setting in which Jesus told the story as well as other aspects of biblical interpretation that are important to consider in order to understand the full meaning of the story. He concludes his reflection by telling three personal stories that provide a deeper understanding of nature of the father and what a true conversion experience might look like.