The words, spoken or written, of a soul that genuinely loves God
have a tone to them which always rings true. Couple this truth with
literary genius, deep spiritual discernment and childlike simplicity
and you are close to describing Father Leonard Feeney, the author
of Fish on Friday. These fourteen Catholic essays,
Father Feeney’s youthful best, mirror a heart that is as light and
humorous as it is religiously profound. Loreto Publications is
delighted and proud to put this American Catholic classic back in
print. Too many generations have been deprived of Father Feeney’s
winsome literary sagacity when his poems and essays were mysteriously
removed from Catholic schools on account of his heroic defense of a
defined doctrine of the faith. No one can possibly read "Fish on
Friday," The Queen of Hearts," "Charlie Maloney,"
or any of the other eleven essays in this book without frequent
bursts of wholesome laughter and (be forewarned) without a welling of
those kind of tears that expand the soul. After reading this book one
will clearly see that our Lord and 0ur Lady were preparing this
priest and theologian all along with superabundant graces to become
what he became — one of the greatest apostles of the twentieth
century. In the February 17, 1994 issue of Catholic New
York, John Cardinal O’ Connor began "An Informal Pastoral
on Lent" with this paragraph:
"Long before he ran into a bit of trouble, from which it was
obvious that he would recover, given his whimsical sense of humor,
Fr. Leonard Feeney, S.J., wrote some of the most delightful things
ever published in our land. Fish on Friday was one
of the best. It first appeared 60 years ago, and never a Lent goes by
without my renewing my friendship with it."
Hardcover, 166 pp.
Measures 5 1/2" by 8 3/4".