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Catholic and Loving It: Traditions for a New Generation Paperback – June 14, 2007


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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (June 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867168072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867168075
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SABITHA NARENDRAN is a 2006 alumna of the University of Notre Dame, where she double-majored in architecture and theology. Raised in Texas, she works as an architectural intern in Milwaukee.



ANDREW SALZMANN is a 2005 alumnus of the University of Notre Dame. Raised in Wisconsin, he is studying historical theology at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. The authors' Corpus Christi Web site provides additional information about Catholic popular piety at the parish level.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hinkley on October 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
While there probably are a good number of handbooks that cover a wide range of material concerning Catholic doctrine, liturgy and devotional practices, I cannot recall one that focuses on traditional Catholic devotions quite in the same way "Catholic and Loving It" does. This modest sized work is a wonderful compellation of Catholic popular piety, which many of us may or may not have been familiar with growing up. Sabitha and Andrew do a fine job surveying this critical aspect of the Church's life and offer many examples and suggestions of how ordained, religious and lay faithful might more thoroughly and personally inculcate the Gospel into their daily lives, from St. Benedict medals, to blessings for the household and more. I especially appreciate the inclusion of recipes for either dishes traditionally associated with certain feasts of the liturgical year, or recommendations for more novel dishes to celebrate the occasion. In summary, a helpful book for Catholics desiring to better fill their lives, especially domestic lives, with venerable (as well as reverently creative) forms of Catholic devotion. This could make a fine supplementary wedding gift to a Catholic couple eager to foster a household of prayer and devotion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victor on September 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Consisting of an overview of the liturgical year and the pious practices that come with the different feasts and seasons, "Catholic and Loving It" is a great basic introduction to the the how's and why's of said practices. While its very down-to-earth language makes it a very accessible, that accessible reading comes together with a very practical quality in the copious inclusion of prayers and blessings for different occasions. You can find everything from a blessing for an advent wreath and bread, to the not-so-common sounding things like blessings for beer.

While it may sound a little out of place or over-the-top for some, making an effort to revive and live out said practices makes me think of three things. First, it makes us aware of how truly efficacious the practice of prayer is. Is it superstitious to have bread or beer blessed? No, if anything, it is a sign of faith that we are heard when asking for a health of soul and body even in the smaller things. Second, that the practices, occasions of joy and feasting that the books point out, are ultimately directed to Our Lord. Why is it significant to get together with friends to celebrate a feast day? Because in the people we love we are, through the grace of God, trying to see Christ in others and be Christ for others. In other words this joy is a joy that is based on Christ. Finally, that said practices are ultimately only an exterior sign of the interior life, of love lived out in a relationship to our Lord. Would dedicating a garden to Our Lady be fanatical? It's not meant to be, if anything it can be a sign of honor, veneration, and devotion, just as we would honor our own mothers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Carpentier Brown on December 19, 2007
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Catholic and Loving It is an interesting reference work for young and middle aged Catholics. I believe anyone growing up post Vatican II (anyone born 1960 and later) has most likely missed out on the whole-life Catholicism of the generation prior. Those popular devotions/practices/lifestyle choices our grandparents may have kept, but our parents threw out with the VII changes are now coming back into vogue.

If you have never heard of St. John's bonfire, St. Elizabeth cookies or the Feast of Sts. Adam and Eve, then you will find much to interest you in this informative, yet still entertaining book (although the authors' lawyers will be unable to confirm or deny that there is humor in this book).

If you are young, Catholic, and curious, buy this book.
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By Mar on July 6, 2010
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This is a very good reference book on some catholic traditions that have been forgotten. It is full of very usefully facts and reminders of special days and traditions we must keep so we can pass them along to our children and grandchildren.
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