Thanks to Brian for my first meme.
1. One book that changed your life
The Ratzinger Report changed my life because it marked a turning point in my view of the Church and the Liturgy. I still remember reading the words, "The Church is not our Church, which we could dispose of as we please. She is rather His Church." That chapter resonated with me unlike anything I had read for a long time. I read that chapter (pg 48-49) over and over again for many days. I was a member of the "gap generation" who was taught all the cutsie Catholic catch phrases. You know the ones I mean, "Jesus is our brother" "We are the Church" "It's only a sin if you think it is". All those things drove me wild when I was a kid and I told off many CCD teachers and more than one priest because of them. When I read that chapter, I felt like everything suddenly made sense. I hadn't been a stupid little kid all those years ago...I had been RIGHT!
2. One book that you've read more than once
That would have to be Anne of Green Gables. I loved that book as a child and I don't know why.
3. One book you'd want on a desert island
That would have to be my Portuguese Hymnal. I love singing those songs, both the old and the new. "Queremos Deus, homens ingratos...."
4. One book that made you laugh
Hmmm, that would have to be Bless Me Father by Peter DeRosa. At the time I was reading it, I was working at a parish that the parish in the novel could have very well be modeled after. The priests could have been modeled after the pastor and curate as well. I am sure there are some who would find it offensive, but I still think it is hilarious.
5. One book that made me cry
Angels & Demons. Yeah, I know. @@ I still think some of the characters in the book were superficially modeled after real Church officials.
6. One book you wish had been written
Learn Latin in Three Easy Steps. I am tired of searching for the books I need for an essay or term paper and then finding out that the college library only has them in Latin. :::mental note...take Latin A.S.A.P.:::
7. One book you wish had never been written
Why Believe: Foundations of Catholic Theology by Eileen Flynn. That is a textbook which is full of errors, infidelity to the Magesterium and all around poor theology. I wonder when Eileen Flynn is going to join the Poncho Ladies™
8. One book you're currently reading
The Pope's Army, by Robert Royal. I had to stop reading for a few weeks in order to finish the semester, but I plan on picking it up again on Friday.
9. One book you've been meaning to read
Big Russ and Me, by Tim Russert. Normally it's not a book that would interest me, but I have known Sr. Lucy, who was Tim's 7th grade teacher, for many years and she tells me she is featured in the book.
Now, who to meme? I choose...
Kelly, Fr. Dennis.