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  • Series: Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in Twentieth-Century America
  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st New edition edition (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801472555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801472558
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,095,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everyday American Catholicism in the last century centered on ritual prayers, devotion to Mary, frequent confession, and regular reception of the Eucharist. This pattern changed drastically after Vatican II. . . . This volume deals with the practice of private devotion in a series of related essays by relying on letters, newspapers, memoirs, and church publications. Strongly encouraged in America during the first half of the century as a form of Catholic identity in a largely non-Catholic country, private devotion reached its peak during the 1940s and 1950s and declined rapidly thereafter. . . . The reasons for this dramatic shift are complex, and the contributors pass no judgments, seeking only to present evidence, but they do offer a fascinating glimpse into Catholicism as it once was and some speculations about where it may be going. For all libraries."—Library Journal, July 2004



"This important book focuses on religious practice in the mid-20th century (mid-1920s to mid-1970s), the decades before and after the pivotal Second Vatican Council. The essays in the book look at religious historical periods in terms of before-and-after, and do it very well. Catholic historians want to claim a usable past so that contemporary believers may ground their religious identity in living traditions. Confession is one of four practices of ordinary Catholics explored in Habits of Devotion, the others being prayer, Communion, and Marian devotion. The book is a long-view historical study written by four leading Catholic scholars and drawn from a rich array of private diaries and archival records kept by priests in New York, Boston, Milwaukee, and other major Catholic strongholds where the Irish, German, and Italians practiced their faith. . . . Habits of Devotion is a most readable and interesting book."—Claire H. Badaracco, America, 7 March 2005



"For those who think they remember what it meant to practice the Catholic faith on a day-to-day (or week-to-week) basis in the middle of the 20th century, Habits of Devotion provides a bracingly detailed jog (or challenge) to the memory. For those too young to remember, it offers ready access to the world of pre-Vatican II Catholicism."—Choice, May 2005



"Habits of Devotion is a significant contribution to the historiography of lay Roman Catholics in the United States."—John Thomas McGuire, H-Net Reviews, H-Catholic, November 2004



"In this informative and persuasive collection, James M. O' Toole and his collaborators describe and explain how American Catholics lived out their faith in the twentieth century. Few of them grappled with theological questions but millions prayed, went to confession, took communion, and participated in devotions to the Virgin Mary. Habits of Devotion illuminates the way in which Catholic rituals were woven into the fabric of everyday life, and it shows how these rituals changed over the course of the century. This is a very fine book and an important addition to the growing literature on twentieth-century American Catholicism."—Patrick Allitt, Professor of History, Emory University



"Habits of Devotion will be an invaluable book for anyone interested in lived religion. Although the book's four essays differ in tone and approach, each is distinguished by rigorous scholarship, creativity, and a seemingly intuitive understanding of the rhythms of Catholic life. Taken together, the essays provide remarkable insight into the changing contours of Catholic belief and practice in the twentieth century."—Leslie Tentler, The Catholic University of America



"All four essays in this fine collection focus on the great historical divide in twentieth century Catholicism: pre-Vatican II Catholicism as one tectonic plate of religious experience, and the half century since as another."—Mark S. Massa, Fordham University

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"In this informative and persuasive collection, James M. O’Toole and his collaborators describe and explain how American Catholics lived out their faith in the twentieth century. Few of them grappled with theological questions but millions prayed, went to confession, took communion, and participated in devotions to the Virgin Mary. Habits of Devotion illuminates the way in which Catholic rituals were woven into the fabric of everyday life, and it shows how these rituals changed over the course of the century. This is a very fine book and an important addition to the growing literature on twentieth-century American Catholicism."—Patrick Allitt, Professor of History, Emory University

"Habits of Devotion will be an invaluable book for anyone interested in lived religion. Although the book’s four essays differ in tone and approach, each is distinguished by rigorous scholarship, creativity, and a seemingly intuitive understanding of the rhythms of Catholic life. Taken together, the essays provide remarkable insight into the changing contours of Catholic belief and practice in the twentieth century."—Leslie Tentler, The Catholic University of America

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mercy Born on July 29, 2014
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This book is total garbage. All it is is a feminist, anti-Marian, anti-papal propaganda manual. Our Lady will crush this serpent's head, too.
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