Adult: Swimming with Scapulars
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Title: Swimming with Scapulars: True Confessions of a Young Catholic
Author: Matthew Lickona
Publisher: Loyola Press
Date Published: April 2005
Comments: Simply put, it's an enjoyable read.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. As personal faith stories go, Lickona's is a breath of fresh
air, thoughtfully written and happily absent of platitudes and pious
moralizing. A 30-year-old husband, father of four and writer for the San Diego Reader,
an alternative weekly, Lickona lives a Catholicism that is orthodox, but also
dynamic and relevant to modern culture. He reads Salon and the Onion and
gleans life lessons from contemporary film and fiction even as he embraces beliefs
and traditions rejected by his parents' generation. He admits to being a
virgin when he married, and he and his wife practice natural family planning in
keeping with their church's ban on artificial birth control. Lickona also wears a
scapular, fasts during Lent and has a statue of St. Joseph in his front yard.
In writing about these beliefs and practices, he explains how he came to
accept them, often after a period of questioning. As he navigates the realm of
Catholic faith in the 21st century, Lickona reflects candidly on his failures,
foibles and doubts. He confesses to "parish-hopping" in search of a Mass that
will not disturb his peace of soul, to personal struggles with "constant
wanting" and anger and to his weakness in communicating his faith. Most readers will
disagree with Lickona's assessment that he is a poor communicator and will
find themselves captivated by this winsome story of a soul. (Apr.)
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Dave Eggers meets G. K. Chesterton in this funny, wise, and acutely
perceptive memoir by a precocious young Catholic. For a wine connoisseur and fan of
Nine Inch Nails, 30-year-old Matthew Lickona lives an unusual inner life. He is a
Catholic of a decidedly traditional bent.
About the Author
Matthew Lickona is a staff writer and sometime cartoonist for the San Diego
Reader, a weekly newspaper. Born and raised in upstate New York, he attended
Thomas Aquinas College in California. He lives in La Mesa, California, with his
wife Deirdre and their four children.
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