Our Lady and Sheen

Lino Rulli’s book “Sinner” @LinoRulli … and a personal achievement for me

If Lino Rulli reads this blog post, I want to get the “important” Lino highlights part out of the way first (you’re welcome, Lino).  All this will be done without context, so the rest of you can read the post to see what I think about the book.

1. Lino Rulli is compared to C.S. Lewis, by me.

2. I will probably spend more money because of this book, than almost any other book.

3. Lino Rulli compares himself my hero, Archbishop Sheen.

4. Lino Rulli inspires me to do better at my faith.

All three of these statements is true, but some may not be what you think, but I wanted to make Lino feel better.

1.  Lino Rulli is compared to C. S. Lewis.

Lino must be a holy man writing this book to be compared to one of the great Christian writers of the 20th century.  C. S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and the Screwtape Letters.  Am I comparing Lino to C.S. Lewis because of his deep theological writings and understanding in the world?  No, not really.  I compare Lino Rulli to C. S. Lewis because I stayed up until 2:30am reading his book to finish it in one night.  The only other book I have ever read in one sitting was C. S. Lewis’The Great Divorce.

Sinner:The Catholic Guy’s funny, feeble attempts to be a faithful Catholic, had me hooked from the beginning.  Almost literally, the things that Archbishop Dolan (should have waited a few months to get the Cardinal’s take), and the other people on the “flap” were so well written!  Then, the book started… and it was also great.  WhileThe Great Divorce held my attention with the fear of death, Lino was able to capture my attention by holding up a mirror to my life and showing me that I was not alone in many of my struggles and beliefs.  It is very reassuring to know that I am not the only one who feels the way I do about the faith and my personal life.  I want to say, “But at least I’m not that big of a sinner,” just to get on the jacket of his next book, but I’d be lying.

2. I will probably spend more money because of this book, than almost any other book.

I am almost certain that Lino would think this was good, especially if he was thinking that it is because I would be buying many copies of his book for friends and relatives.  I am absolutely certain he would think this was bad if the money was instead going to the therapist I am going to need to hire to get some of the images out of my mind.

Just kidding!  I have decided that this book was good enough that I bought a copy for my best friend’s non-Catholic girlfriend so that she could understand me better.  It’s the first time I’ve ever purchased a Kindle book for someone other than myself.  I called her at 9:30 at work, asked if she had the Kindle app on her iPad 3 (I refused to call it just iPad), and then e-mailed it to here.  Amazon.com Prime makes everything easy.  This morning she said she was 6 chapters into it, which is where I was when I ordered a copy for her.  Unfortunately that was 5 chapters before I got to “Thai Temptation.”

That wouldn’t have been so bad, except that’s also the time that I sent the book to my mom and dad to read by 2 day mail.  Oh Well.

I also am giving this book to my friend who is finishing her grad school comps as I write.  (Praying for you!)  I am trying to decide whether I should give this book to some of my Catholic students who are graduating and going to college.  What do you think?

3. Lino Rulli compares himself my hero, Archbishop Sheen.

One of only two quotes I will take from the book, so that you have to buy it, is in regards to the Patron of this Blog, Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

But I also knew it [winning and Emmy Award for Generation Cross] was a long shot.  Back in the 1950s there was a guy named Archbishop Fulton Sheen who had a TV show on a major network.  He won an Emmy for his work.  That was my goal: to be the first person since Fulton Sheen to win an Emmy while hosting a Catholic TV show. (pg 175 Kindle edition)

How great is it that Lino knows his roots in Catholic media that’s actually entertaining.  In fact he talks about how boring Catholic media is, almost incessantly on his show, The Catholic Guy, Sirius/XM 129.  Archbishop Sheen accepted his Emmy with, “I feel it is time I pay tribute to my four writers—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.”  Lino apparently wasn’t as prepared, but you’ll have to read the book to find out.

4. Lino Rulli inspires me to do better at my faith.

Okay, so maybe he just reminds me that sometimes the harder it is to practice your faith, the easier it is to practice your faith.  I always remark that the times of the year where the church asks the most of me, Lent, Advent, Holy Week, are times when I sin WAY less than the rest of the year.  Lino comments on this phenomenon in relation to being overseas getting to Mass, when he has a hard time going to Mass at home when it’s just around the corner: “Place me in a foreign country, however, and I have my work cut out for me. It’s an adventure, not convenient, a sacrifice.  The more the Church asks of me, the more into it I am.”

With those closing words, I will say a prayer for Lino, a pray for you, a prayer for me, and hope that God uses my brokenness as best as he can.

Our Lady of Pompeii, pray for us.


April 14, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , ,

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