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Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?: The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything Paperback – November 24, 2005
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"Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday" is not just a handy aid to winning bar bets, though it is. It should also be of interest to those looking for something deeper, at the myriad ways in which Christianity and Catholic Christianity have infused the ordinary objects of daily life with extraordinary, indeed supernatural, meaning. The Catholic Church and its adherents have had 2000 years to find God at work in the world. Catholics have developed an extraodinary number of ways to commemerate Christ and His saints, and to remind them of their obligations and redemption by His resurrection. Foley recounts the festivals, foods and pious acts that marked time and the seasons for Christians for 1500 years, whose meaning may have been largely forgotten, but has not been lost.
This book is also an introduction to Christian devotion. For the Catholic believer seeking to recapture a sense of the spiritual and supernatural in their daily lives, Foley describes many meaningful daily acts and annual events designed to keep Christ at the center of daily life for generations of Catholics. This book provides an entree to deeper reflection. For the curious Christian of other denominations, it will provide a needed corrective to much misinformation about Catholic practice.Read more ›
Remember the invisible ink you used when you were a kid? You would write and not see it until you held it up to the light or covered it with a special liquid. This book is that light, that liquid, that brings into sharp relief what was there and yet could not see. These are the ghosts that surround us on all sides, and they are here to stay and dwell among us so long as we are civilized.
The author admits that some of them are a bit of a stretch. Some associations are somewhat convoluted. But in general, I would recommend this book to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Although for non-Catholics I'd like to suggest "Why Do Catholics Do That?" by Johnson if some Catholic practices baffle them.
Note: The title can be misleading because it's so casual one would think it's light reading. This book sometimes reads like something written in a manner that might fly over a layperson's head. The author is a professor after all.
Another thing is the author might want to question the publishing house's choice of proof reader or typesetter because there was a lot of typos, even grammatical errors. Take for example the section that says the prayer after saying the Rosary is "Haily, Holy Queen." Haily? That's just plain sloppy.
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There are ways to prove the Catholic origins of things & then there are ways not to. Mike Foley in "Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday: The Catholic Origin to Just About... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul L.
This was a great read, some things seemed like reaching but all in all it was an entertaining book with some interesting information.Published 18 months ago by Colby C. Landry
A lot of the information in this book seemed either far-fetched or irrelevant to Christian or pre-Christian beliefs. Some interesting surprises.Published on November 7, 2013 by Mrs Deborah M Hay
I read this book in one sitting, it's short and packed with interesting information. Some of the information I knew and some I thought I knew. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I always wondered why they did that. And I was raised as one!! Seriously, have you ever participated in rituals without knowing WHY you did?Published on June 28, 2013 by Frank H
Have purchased two so far as I need to pass it on to my Catholic friends who are enjoying it as much as I have. It'll be a permanent reference in my library.Published on February 12, 2013 by M. L. Wessberg
THIS HAS A LOT OF HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AS TO WHY THEY HAVE CERTAIN TRADITIONS. EXCELLENT READ.
THE BOOK CAME WRAPED AND WAS DELIVERED IN A TIMELY MANNER. Read more
Excellent book. Quick read. Very informative with strong details. If your a history buff or just want to know some totally useless information this is the book for you. Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Kristina Anne Bauer
This was very easy to read and great to keep around as a reference. I learned some interesting things about my Church that I didn't know before.Published on January 25, 2010 by Anna