Swimming with Scapulars

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Loyola Press, 2010 - 288 עמודים

Meet Matthew Lickona, a thirty-something wine columnist, sometime cartoonist, avid moviegoer, fan of alternative rock, and wonderfully talented writer. He is also a devoutly religious young man ("I am a Roman Catholic, baptized as an infant and raised in the faith, a faith which holds the exemplary and redemptive suffering of Jesus Christ at its core." ) who fasts during Lent, leads his family in prayer every day, and wears a scapular--a medieval amulet said to protect the wearer from harm.
In Lickona's "true confessions," we are introduced to a unique and singular voice, but one that is emblematic of a new generation of believers who combine a premodern faith with a postmodern sensibility. "Swimming with Scapulars "is a modern-day, Catholic, coming-of-age story that takes its author from the austere Catholicism of his Irish-French family in upstate New York to the exotic spiritual tapestry of
Southern California. It is the story of the formation of an ardent young believer who is painfully honest about his spiritual shortcomings ("In times of suffering, I look first to myself. God is the backup, to be called upon when I find myself insufficient."), yet who finds consuming joy in receiving the Eucharist and embracing "the ancient treasures of the faith."
Lickona doesn't mind that many of his secular friends and acquaintances regard him as a religious fanatic. As he writes, "Perhaps, coming from a fanatic, the message of God's love will regain some of its wonderful outrageousness. 'Listen. I have a secret. I eat God, and I have his life in me. It's the best thing in the world.'"

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Swimming with scapulars: true confessions of a young Catholic

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A thirtysomething practicing Catholic, Lickona was raised in a conservative Catholic family and academic atmosphere. He attended Thomas Aquinas College, where he "encountered practices, beliefs and ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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Are You Still Having Sex?
The Poisonous Tentacles of AntiAbortion Zealots
Begging the Sun to Dance
Triddywackers Tinkerers and the Roar of the Crowd
Do You Need to Be a Paterfamilias?
Sex and the Outrageous Principle
Why So Many?
Alms for a Drink
In Which We Go Parish Hopping
Hand Holding and Other Distractions
The World
the Flesh and the Devil
Dredging My Soul for Sin
The Moviegoer Plus a Trip to the Theater
Flannery OConnor and the TwobyFour

The Roach and the Woman
Not Home Until We Die
Boy Meets God
The Best Thing in the World
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