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This inspiring and entertaining
book is an anthology of the
eulogies of a wide swath of
American Catholics, ranging
from the pre-revolutionary
Mother Seton to Patricia Neal
and Ron Santo. It covers saints,
heroes, artists, sport stars, and
ordinary people. While many
of these essays are indeed
what we normally think of as
eulogies, remembrances given at
funerals, some are in fact tributes
given to the person during his
or her lifetime, as is the poem
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
for Mother Marianne Cope and
gave to her during his sojourn
to Molokai or long after, in the
case of Ronald Reagan s tribute
to JFK more than twenty years
after Kennedy s assassination. A
ten page foreword by Thomas
Lynch, funeral director, essayist,
and poet, provides an overview
of why Catholics, and others,
have eulogized their dead and
why we still need eulogies. He
explains that the Funeral Mass
does not really allow eulogies
(though in some dioceses this has
been amended to allow for one
remembrance of the deceased
before the final commendation),
still, the Church knows that a
death in the family remains one
of life s most teachable moments
(21).
DeChant, in her introduction
states that what she found in
common was a theme of What
this Catholic life has taught
me. The work is divided into
six parts based on the eulogized
and eulogizer Heroes, Family,
Friends, Artists, Those Who
Served Us, and Those Who
Showed Us the Way, plus a poetry section and one on the unknown
child. Each eulogy is introduced
by a short explanation of the
event. The collection is followed
by notes (my one quibble is that
the notes are not marked at all in
the text), credits and permissions,
and questions for book discussion
groups. Sixteen of the eulogies are
also available as a three CD set
read by professional actors. This
book would make a nice gift for
those interested in spirituality
or Catholic history and is
recommended for parish, college,
and seminary libraries. --Melody Layton McMahon- Catholic Library World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carol DeChant is the founder of DeChant-Hughes & Associates, Inc., a national public relations firm serving books and authors (now headed by Kelly Hughes). Her writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times and the Miami Herald.
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  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879464496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879464493
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sister Mary Ignatia, a nursing nun, worked with "Bill W." and "Dr. Bob" as the most "Anonymous" of the three. This is but one surprise in the inspirational and entertaining Great American Catholic Eulogies. Carol DeChant sets the stage in her introductions to 50 eulogies from pre-Revolutionary America to the present day, encompassing a range of ethnicities, occupations and social classes. Who knew that President and Nancy Reagan were close friends with President Kennedy and Jacqueline? We hear it straight from Reagan during his pitch-perfect tribute to JFK.

This book shares heartwarming stories of famous Catholics, as well as those who led remarkable lives of quiet achievement. Stirring rhetoric mixes with laugh-out-loud humor, like this Mark Twain quote: "Homer's dead, Shakespeare's dead, and I myself am not feeling at all well." The Foreword, by undertaker-writer Thomas Lynch, reveals insight as only someone "from the dismal trade" can.

We don't often think about eulogies, though our most revered President's greatest speech was one: the Gettysburg Address. This book shows us, as Abe Lincoln did, that they can be an art form. It would make a fine gift.
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Carol DeChant has compiled a work that not only contains many pieces of historical information but causes the reader to truly reflect on the "Body of Christ". In this day of so much division in our country and the Catholic Church, it shows how there are many paths to serving God. Accounts are given of contributions from soldiers and pacifists, clergy and lay people, famous and those only known in very small circles. All left this world a better place. Catholics will find this book extremely gratifying. But it is a book that begs for reflecton by people of all walks of faith. Just like attending a funeral forces us to stop and recognize that life is fleeting - this book beckons one to take account of one's own life. It is a book that I will come back to again and again.
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I am Catholic and enjoyed reading this book because I learned so much about the people i had always heard about in school. It is a must read if nothing ease to find out what you might like to do with the rest of your life..
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This is an inspirational book that I will be keeping on the shelf for future use in my ministry to others.
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Blanche Warre Cornish and Shane Leslie in Memorials of Robert Hugh Benson ([...] show how good Catholics honor a great one.
Paragraph 1688 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which cites The Order of Christian Funerals: "The liturgy of the Word during funerals demands very careful preparation because the assembly present for the funeral may include some faithful who rarely attend the liturgy, and friends of the deceased who are not Christians. The homily in particular must 'avoid the literary genre of the funeral eulogy' and illumine the mystery of Christian death in the risen Christ."
This book is so wildly inappropriate t's an embarrassment. An ex-convict brother (non-Catholic) eulogizes his professed religious sister? Teddy Kennedy? Andy Warhol? Non-Catholic Reagan eulogizing serial adulterer John F. Kennedy?
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