Tagged by Jean at Catholic Fire.
Name a Catholic book that you want to share so much that you keep giving away copies:
Adventures in Orthodoxy by Dwight Longenecker
Name a work of religious art you’d like to live with:
Michelangelo’s Pieta plus living in St. Peter’s would be so cool.
Name your favorite Catholic artist:
Michelangelo or Caravaggio
Name a work of Catholic fiction which has penetrated your real life:
Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory and Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away
Name your favorite musical:
Fiddler on the Roof
Name a punch line that always makes you laugh:
Vee have vays to make you tok.
In related Catholic culture news Barbara Nicolosi prints the texts of an interview she did with the Spokane Spokesman-Review. The original interview is much better than the cut up version that made it into print.
Q: How would you describe your religious beliefs? Liberal or conservative?
A: I am a Catholic. A happy one. Which means I cleave to the teachings of the Church that have carried us through two thousand years of basically being mercy, light and consolation in the world of men. There have been evil hypocritical Christians, of course, but I’m talking less about the good projects vs. the bad projects that Christians have done in history, and more about the resonance and power that the Person of Jesus has been for hundreds of millions of people down through the ages. It seems to me that no story just made up by people could have proved so compelling for so many for so long.
Does that make me a liberal or a conservative?
Religion is a response to a call that echoes in your heart. If you don’t hear it anymore it is because you have perverted your nature. Plato – hardly a puppet of the Christian Right! – noted that human beings have an instinct for immortality and eternity. That people feel the tug of life after death isn’t a plot by the Pope to get us to put money in the collection basket. It is who we are. Self-destruction is running from that nagging echo.