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My Cousin the Saint: A Story of Love, Miracles, and an Italian Family Reunited Paperback – June 16, 2009
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“Glorious. . . . It’s a great story: part travelogue, part detective story, part spiritual journal, and beautifully told.” (America: The National Catholic Weekly)
“A fascinating quest for ancestry and an illuminating wrestling with faith.” (washingtonpost.com)
“Worth worth reading for the travelogue alone.” (Greensboro News & Record)
“A glorious book! Part spiritual journey, part detective story, part travelogue, Justin Catanoso’s engrossing new memoir shows how discovering God always leads to discovering yourself. His quest to learn about his saintly cousin leads him to a fuller and richer understanding of his faith, his family, and, ultimately, himself.” (James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints and frequent commentator for the New York Times and National Public Radio)
“A beautiful book that brings with it the joy and recognition of family and of faith.” (Antonio Monda, author of Do You Believe?: Conversations on God and Religion)
“Vividly brings to life one of the Church’s newest canonized saints.” (The Catholic Standard & Times)
“A book for history lovers. . . for students of theology, for those who question their faith, or for anyone stumbling down life’s highway.” (Cape May County Herald)
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It is the author Justin Catanoso who has brought both branches together in the writing of this lovely book, because of Padre Gaetano becoming a saint. Family members who did not know of each other's existence now were united, and the roots of their Italian ancestors bringing meaning and depth to the life of those in America. The author weaves both sides of the story seamlessly and skillfully, contrasting the poverty in Calabria, that had its share of the horrors of both world wars, to the Catanosos in Philadelphia, where with diligence and hard work, all things were possible for Grandfather Carmelo and his sons.
If the book has a weakness, it is when the author focuses on himself rather than his relatives; even the language loses its beauty and becomes more ordinary, even coarse on 3 or 4 occasions (which might be jarring for those who are reading this book specifically because of Padre Gaetano, and are used to a more "sublime" tone of writing). Nevertheless, "My Cousin the Saint" is a lovingly written book, and the author did a tremendous amount of research which handsomely pays off. Also greatly appreciated are the wonderful photographs, especially the older ones, with the stupendous portrait of Padre Gaetano as a young priest of special value. The book also includes a map and a "Cast of Characters," that are useful.Read more ›
It was a story that has some meaning for me because my own grandmother-- Ernoldina Molinari-- was also from a part of Calabria, about 60 miles north of Reggio. And my two paternal grandparents were from a place close enough to be considered a part of "Old Calabria".
As I read Catanoso's book, I recognized some of the experiences his American family had that probably are shared by many of Italian descent. He revealed much about his family in the United States. But he also described the detective mission he undertook in Italy, part of which involved rediscovering and reconnecting with his extensive family in Calabria. I had done the same thing last year, on a much smaller scale, and was able to appreciate the excitement and poignancy that he experienced, all of which he related so well in his book. I found his descriptions of these meetings particularly moving.
But he also did a great job of describing the desperate circumstances of those who lived in this region one century ago-- and those who left at that time to go to the United States or South America. It was then an awful place, with horrendous poverty and living conditions. What he wrote about these matters is entirely consistent with information I had learned through other sources. He paints the picture particularly well of what life was like in those days, and of the paucity of leadership that would lift the locals above their circumstances.Read more ›
You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy this book, it is not about religion, it is about God manifest in the family - Love, something common to us all. And, it's loaded with every-day miracles, prayers answered and petitions declined. Daniela, a Calabrese cousin and self-described miracle herself, has an answer to why not all requests for miracles are granted. I'll not reveal it here.
Take the book to the beach - it's not heavy reading--and about two thirds of the way through the book and the day, when you have an inexplicable hunger for swordfish, gather the family together for dinner and your own little communion of saints. Can it be any wonder why Jesus chose a meal to share Himself with us?
Reading My Cousin The Saint after finishing Passion on the Vine by Sergio Esposito, another satisfying book about family, food, love, and more than a little wine, I think these Italians are on to something. Or is it up to something? Either way we are no longer strangers but pilgrims heading for the same place. What a pleasure to encounter Justin and his family on this path.
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It is a great book, if you are Italian and your parents or grandparents came to America, you will truly relate.Published 23 months ago by Phyllis Cunniffe
My book club chose this book last month. I cannot remember why it was suggested. At first I was a bit leery about reading it. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Jeanette T. Dohnal
I had read this book when a friend loaned it to me. It was so wonderful that I bought it and am
re-reading it again. Read more
Superb book. Easy to be read, easy to be followed. Amazing stories inside!
I strongly suggest it to all readers.
This was not my favorite read, some parts I found very boring, a little too much religion, not what I had expected at all.Published on August 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a brilliant book by a mediocre Catholic. It reads like a movie, it is hard to put down. The author is excellent at describing scene after scene, detailing people's... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Marie C. Pruden
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC, I JUST FINISHED IT, AND PLAN TO REREAD IT AGAIN. I AM OF ITALIAN DECENT AND FOUND THE BOOK VERY INFORMATIVE. I WISH I STILL HAD FAMILY IN MESSINA. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by MARY A
This lovingly written memoir details the author's journey to uncover the story and the meaning of having a saint in the family. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by J. Neill