Catholic Spirit by Ave Maria Press
An Anthology for Discovering Faith Through Literature, Art, Film, and Music

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Pope John Paul II pointed out that it is through the arts that religious truths are made tangible "making perceptible...the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God."

The Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith Through Literature, Art, Film, and Music takes up this charge and presents the truths of Catholicism in the context of the arts: great artwork, literature, music, and Church writings. The Catholic Spirit sends teens on a journey through classical works like Flannery O'Connors "Parker's Back, Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's Grandeur," Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, and Gregorian chant, along with modern classics like "A Woman's Prayer" by Dorothy Day and films like Cool Hand Luke and On the Waterfront.

Organized around chapters that follow the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the text includes primary source material from varying periods of Church history with contextual and background text to help students understand their significance.

Several additional research opportunities are included to further the students' study of the key teachings of the Church through reading, viewing, and listening to classical period pieces. An online teacher resource also indexes the material to themes in the new curriculum framework.

Among the authors and works included in the text are the following:

Parker's Back: Flannery O'ConnorWhere God Is, Love Is: Leo TolstoyOur Lady's Juggler: Anatole FranceMarble Floor: Pope John Paul IILetters to Abbe Belliere: St Therese of LisieuxWelcome Morning: Anne SextonThe Hint of an Explanation: Graham GreeneGod's Grandeur: Gerard Manley HopkinsLes Miserables: Victor Hugo (translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood)The Merit of a Young Priest: Yaffa EliachThe Trouble: J.F. PowersMeditation: John Henry Cardinal NewmanHail Mary: John FanteA Woman's Prayer: Dorothy Day
And Much More!

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Bettigole is a Franciscan Brother of Brooklyn who has served as a high school administrator for the past twenty-five years. From 1988-1994, he served as the Program Director of The Prayer Channel, the television station of the Diocese of Brooklyn, where he produced several television series dealing with literature and philosophy. He is currently the Principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Published October 1, 2009 by Ave Maria Press. 470 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction