Day 9: Lino Rulli’s Saint

Servant Books, an imprint of Franciscan Media, is the publisher of not only Lino Rulli’s book, Sinner: The Catholic Guy’s Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic, reviewed at the beginning of this year on this blog, but also the publisher of its sequel, Saint: Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away. Now, don’t let the title fool you. Was Lino trying to elevate himself to canonization while still living? No, not at all. 

Saint was another funny, truthful and encouraging read by The Catholic Guy, Lino Rulli. Interestingly, I thought that as opposed to Sinner, which describes the many instances Lino tries to achieve Sainthood, Saint would describe the more “triumphant” times. However, I was wrong. As a sequel to Sinner, Lino continues on his path to achieve sanctity in Saint. However, he does so with the help of the saints.

Like Sinner, Lino can tell stories in such a way that every Catholic can connect with. He does not display himself as a perfect human being. He is simply a radio show host of The Catholic Guy Show on Sirius XM and strives to achieve sanctity like any sincere Catholic would do. 

***Spoiler alert*** Lino has a special devotion to St. John Paul II, having met him, and now he can say he has shaken hands with a Saint (the book was published in 2013, a year before the Canonization of John Paul II) and he expresses so within the book. I am a little jealous! 

I like how the book has been divided up into 4 sections based on the stages of Canonization: Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed, Saint. 

Reading the book prompted me to think of my vocation to be a Saint. At every Canonization, we are reminded of that vocation, but many times, within my human frailty, I tend to go on the wrong path sometimes. But reading Saint assured me once again there are people in the shoes as me. 

On The Catholic Man’s Scale★★★★★     5/5

A very connectable read for me, a worthy book on your Catholic bookshelf as an inspirational and encouraging read. A perfect gift this Christmas. Why not pair it with Saint

Purchase Paperback, Audiobook of Saint from Franciscan Media

“Sometimes you chase me, Lord. Sometimes I chase you. But the only time I’ll quit running, the only time I will finally feel at peace, will be when I’m at home with you: there in heaven. That’s when I’ll truly be called a saint.” -Lino Rulli

Day 2: Running Press’ Pope Francis Bobblehead and Book


Welcome to day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Gifts with The Catholic Man!  If you are new to the series you can check out the previous post to see the potential gift you missed. Now onward with today’s review.

The Catholic Man has asked me, his sister, to return with yet another review (you’ll be seeing a lot of me; putting this series together was a lot for him as much as he enjoyed it).  I am presenting to you Running Press’ Pope Francis bobblehead.

The bobblehead comes in a nice card stock box with a detailed description of its contents.  It open closes nicely.  The bobblehead itself is made of plastic which I think is solid if not partially filled in.  The base is also plastic.  The only component which isn’t made of plastic is the spring which allows the head to bob.  The spring is a good length, so the Pope’s head isn’t too high up or low down.  It doesn’t feel like something that would break very easily, but even then, it is bubble wrapped, so I am confident it will arrive at your home in one piece.  Keep in mind, it is marketed as more of a collectible rather than a toy, and the box does say it is not meant for children.  If that was the intent of your purchase, this is not the product for you.


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If anyone was thinking, “The dashboard in my car looks a little empty; this looks like something that could remedy that,” then I am here to say I do not think that is a good ideal.  The bobblehead isn’t very heavily weighted.  I can imagine this tipping over when you turn a corner, or just missing someone’s head if you slam on the brakes trying to dodge a pigeon.  I can’t even begin to imagine would happen if someone opened the windows while barreling down the highway (please stay within the speed limit!).  My point is, the bobblehead belongs in a nice, calm environment such as your office, not on your dashboard.

If you are anything like me, you will find yourself inclined to tap on its head and hope it bobs on for what feels like forever.  Spoiler alert – you will be a bit disappointed.  This bobblehead doesn’t take to kindly to tapping (I mean, I wouldn’t either).  BUT, I found it highly reactive to vibrations in the surface it is on.  The bobbing lasts must longer and  looks more satisfying.  It’s a bit hard to explain.  If you like bobbleheads, Pope Francis, and have the tendency to be vigorous when you use and eraser, I think you will get the most from this bobblehead.

In terms of the actual appearance, I find it to be well done, but it could be better.  There is a lot of detailing in his face, cassock and hair, with individual buttons, strands of hair and creases put in.  His clothes are even a little iridescent so it’s nice that its not a flat white.  Even then, there are a few things I wish were different.  Despite the amount of detail put into most of the bobblehead, the zuchetto is rather underwhelming.  I find his pupils to be a bit small and since they’re also black, I find he looks a little beady-eyed.  He doesn’t have the usual ultra-kind gaze that we often see the Pope sporting.  Considering the fact that his head it only about 3 cm in height, I find that easily excusable.  The cross worn around his neck, though, is supposed to be silver.  He also doesn’t have a ring which is something all Pope’s have.  Then again, I think that isn’t the most well-known fact, and people might question what the grey streak on his finger is.  I have yet to see someone make a better Pope Francis bobblehead, though, and I think people who are familiar enough with the pope would recognize that it is him.

The bobblehead also comes with a little book with some quotes and photos of the Pope.  It’s a paperback, but it is good quality.  The paper is glossy and thicker than regular printer paper.  The print out quality as also really good.  The pages are well bounded.  It is really small though, about 2/3 the height of the bobblehead, so some might struggle to read it.  The cover design is consistent with the box it came in, but I feel like as a book cover it’s missing a little something.  I find it doesn’t really represent the contents well enough.


Overall, I think Running Press’ Pope Francis bobblehead is a nice product.  Not everyone will find it worth the $10 price tag, but it would be a nice addition to a collection of products surrounding the popes or bobbleheads (I wonder what having a shelf full of bobbing heads is like).

On Ivy Pham’s Scale

★★★ 3/4 (3.75)

If you wish to purchase this item you can do so here.

I hope you enjoyed the review; stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

Book Review: Sinner by Lino Rulli


I have only known of Lino Rulli, “The Catholic Guy”, host of “The Catholic Guy Show” on Sirius XM only a little more than two years ago. I learned of Lino Rulli through a video of him and Catholic artist Steve Angrisano singing a newly composed country song, “Lord, You Make Me Smile,” on Facebook in November of 2015. Clicking on Lino Rulli’s Facebook page led me to a whole new window of Catholic media. Since then, I have listened to some Catholic Guy podcasts which not only informed people about Catholicism, but did so in a comedic way. I wish many Catholics could have the same comedic style of Lino Rulli.

Stories aside, I received a review copy of Lino Rulli’s first book, Sinner: The Catholic Guy’s Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic. It just seemed like a very funny and interesting title and indeed it was!

Sinner is a book I think every Catholic can connect with. If not, then contact the Pope to canonize you!

Seriously, we all stumble in the path of Christian life. However, Lino Rulli , like everyone else is a Catholic who stumbles along the way but stand back up again. The question we should ask ourselves is, “When I fail, do I try again or do I give up?”

Sinner is consisted of 26 chapters, each recounting a different story of his life from childhood to his adulthood. Rulli makes it evident that being Catholic does not mean you are automatically a saint. It takes time, patience, virtues and mistakes in order to improve.

Each story allows me to connect to my own life. I have had many funny ecclesiastical experiences throughout my years of ministry at the Church. Reading Rulli’s stories assure me that even though I may fail, I am not alone and that there are people like myself who strive for sainthood each and everyday.

Reading Sinner also gave me more context to what Lino is saying on The Catholic Man Show. Having read Sinner, some of the things I listen to makes sense as Lino often connects aspects of his personal life on the show.

Sinner is not a theologically complex book, unlike some reads such as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Last Testament: In His Own Word with Peter Seewald. That language used in that book seems to be a little more challenging to understand at points. Reading Sinner, I can actually imagine Lino reading the book as the way he writes seems to fit his personality.

I also enjoyed the section Through the Years with Lino Rulli located in the middle of the book. It is a short photo album of toddler Lino to adult Lino. This seems to bring the text alive and to prove that what Rulli is saying, is true.

To sum up this short review for one of the shortest books I have reviewed on The Catholic Man ReviewsSinner is a very relatable book for every Catholic.

On The Catholic Man’s Scale

★★★★★ 5/5

Lino Rulli also has a sequel to SinnerSaint, Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away. Seems contradicting to Sinner? I don’t know… perhaps I’ll get a review copy of it someday.

Purchase Sinner here from Franciscan Media. 

Visit Lino Rulli’s website here.