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My Cousin the Saint by Justin Catanoso
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Mar 12, 2011

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bookshelves: biography-autobiography-memoirs, religion-and-spirituality
Recommended to Kathleen by: Beverley
Read from February 16 to March 10, 2011

This was a very good read. We have biography, autobiography, learning about one's past and about another culture, and a spiritual journey through all of it. As I said in one of my updates, it didn't always grip me, but despite that I wasn't ever tempted to stop reading - I wanted to know how Catanoso got on in his search for understanding what being a saint is all about, and what it might mean to him.

I don't understand sainthood myself. My only experience with a person that others thought saintly was a slightly negative one. I felt that that person judged me lacking (which I also felt about myself, but that's not the point) and that didn't seem to me to be how a saint should view anybody. I still haven't quite processed that fully, because it still takes me back into a sort of huffy resentment. It may actually be that my feeling that I was judged was actually my own judging of myself (as I said, a negative one, and correctly so) being reflected back at me.

Ha! Maybe there's some insight coming here. This book has been good for me!

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Reading Progress

02/16/2011 page 23
7.0% "This was recommended to me by one of my parishioners - "You're always recommending books to us. Here's one I've just finished that I'm sure you'll enjoy.""
02/17/2011 page 42
13.0% "I've been thinking about my own great-grandfather who emigrated to Australia from Sicily. This author talks of the "stubborn poverty" of southern Italy, and records that 'Between 1880 and 1930 . . 4 1/2 million Italians entered the US, an astonishing 80% from the 7 regions south of Rome. I guess the immigrants to Aus. were largely from the same poverty-stricken areas."
03/05/2011 page 105
31.0% "At times I've found this a little lengthy, but then the author draws me back in. So all in all I'm enjoying it very much."

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message 1: by Monica (new)

Monica From what I know of you, I think you're a saint.

Kathleen Dixon Monica wrote: "From what I know of you, I think you're a saint."

What a nice thing for you to say! But I can tell you, I'm far from it.

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