Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic's Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith

Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic's Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith

by Matt Weber


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As a fourth grader at Holy Cross Grammar School, Matt Weber asked his religion teacher why St. Francis was often pictured with holes in his hands and feet. She responded that those holes were known as the stigmata and that they reflected the wounds Jesus received during his crucifixion. "And how did he get them?" the curious Weber asked. "He got them because he was a good Catholic," was the reply. And so that night, Weber recounts, he did a little more sinning than usual—just to be certain he wouldn’t receive the stigmata!

In Fearing the Stigmata, twenty-something Matt Weber—a Harvard graduate, television producer, and certified rosary-bead carrier—employs his sharp wit, earnest candor, and gift for great storytelling to illustrate for young adult Catholics both the real challenges and the immense joys of publicly living out the Catholic faith. The fact that Weber has discovered a way to have a deep, ever-growing faith life that also manages to be culturally relevant will offer hope to many currently disengaged Catholics in the 18-to-35 age range.

From smuggling ice-cream sundaes into cloistered convents to telling jokes to an outdoor statue of Mary at a busy intersection in Boston, Fearing the Stigmata amusingly but honestly explores the tension this layman experiences between wanting to be holy yet “fearing being made holey,” and wanting to be good yet not wanting the cost to be too high. Indeed, Weber attends Mass every Sunday morning; but the temptation is there, he admits, to sneak out early so he won’t miss kickoff!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829437362
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matt Weber is a Harvard graduate. As a producer for CatholicTV, he hosts a weekly segment called A Word with Weber, which airs internationally to over 10 million viewers. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Weber lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Talking to Statues 1

2 Incognito Catholic 5

3 Adventures with Rosary Beads 9

4 Harvard Faith 13

5 The Catholic TV Network 17

6 Hero Worship 25

7 A Harmonica in Church 31

8 My St. Paul Moment 35

9 A Day of Rest? 39

10 Sweaty Palms 47

11 The Andy Rooney of CatholicTV 51

12 Oh, Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? 55

13 Movie Morality 59

14 Back to Harvard 63

15 Small "c" 69

16 Nun Volleyball 73

17 Thinking Outside the Church 77

18 Good God! 81

19 The Wisdom Delivery Guy 85

20 The Dominic Code 91

21 Graduation Day 95

22 I Have Your Son 103

23 Guns and Shamrocks 107

24 Forgotten Mini Tapes 111

25 Yak Vision 115

26 Uncle Jesus 119

27 Celebrity Food 123

28 Haunted Houses 129

29 Brazilian Mass 135

30 Prodigal Cheez Balls 139

31 Rosary Rescue and Relocation 143

32 Culturally Catholic 147

33 Salamander Search 151

Epilogue 159

Acknowledgments 163

About the Author 164

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