Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of My Life with the Saints, recently spoke on NPR's program All Things Considered about the importance role humor should play in religion. To read or listen to the story, click here.
Religion is far too important to be taken seriously all the
time—so says author Tom Sheridan, who in The Book of
invites readers to laugh along with him
and remember that faith can be—and should be—fun.
Sheridan begins by discussing the importance of
laughter and the relationship of humor to religion
before launching into hilarious jokes. After all, Jesus said,
"Unless you become like children, you cannot enter the
kingdom of heaven."
Veteran Chicago newspaper writer and editor Tom Sheridan didn’t leave work too far behind when he retired to Ocala, FL in late 2006.
Sheridan is the author of several books, including “Through a Father’s Eyes” (Liguori), “Small Miracles – The Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People Touched by God” (Zondervan), “Mary Miraculous,” “The Gift of Baptism” and “The Gift of Godparents” (all ACTA Publications). His latest efforts include a series on Catholic humor, “The Book of Catholic Jokes” (ACTA) and “The Second Book of Catholic Jokes” (ACTA).
Sensing an ongoing theme here, Sheridan is working on yet another sequel, a book on religious jokes about marriage and relationship.
Sheridan’s journalistic career included 25 years at the Chicago Sun-Times and nine as editor/general manager of New World Publications of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to his books and an occasional magazine article, he also writes a regular column for Catholic News Service.
Sheridan was ordained a deacon for the Joliet (IL) Diocese in 1979, serving in various parish ministries including an adoption support program with his wife.
At the Sun-Times (1972-1997), Sheridan served in a variety of positions, including daily columnist, assistant to the editor-in-chief for administration, assistant managing editor for features, acting deputy editor of the editorial pages and religious affairs writer. Before joining The Sun-Times, he had been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Florida.
In Chicago, Sheridan was a frequent lecturer and hosted a twice-a-week radio call-in talk show.
In 1997 he assumed leadership of New World Publication which produces The Catholic New World, the annual Official Archdiocesan Directory, The Guide to Catholic Chicago and other products. In addition to heading the agency, Sheridan wrote a regular, prize-winning Page 1 column for the newspaper.
Sheridan and his wife Kathy, a retired clinical social worker and therapist, are parents of five children, including three who are adopted. They have four grandchildren. Writing aside, Sheridan’s main activity these days is pretending he’s 11 years old again, playing competitive softball three or four days a week.
Fr. Greg Sakowicz
TOM SHERIDAN is a veteran writer and editor. In addition to a long
career at the Chicago Sun-Times, he is also the former editor and general
manager of publications for the Archdiocese of Chicago. An ordained
deacon, he is the author of many books, including The Gift of Baptism
and The Gift of Godparents.