Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Many Blogger Friends!

I just love when I get letters from kids and their parents. Many of those parents are bloggers like me, and they like to review Olivia and the Little Way and Olivia's Gift on their blogs, like Julie Musselman from the blog A Catholic Home Journal.

Julie kindly wrote to me telling me she loved Olivia and the Little Way (thanks, Julie! You're so sweet!) and wrote a blog about the book here.

Julie writes on her blog, "What I loved most about this book is that it gave real life situations a fifth grader would face. But moreover, it gave solutions to peer pressure and teasing and trying to fit in, that we can all learn from...My girls had so many questions about St. Therese that we started reading her autobiography Story of a Soul. I would never have thought to read this to them, even though I have read it before. But as I read the pages of Story of a Soul, written by St Therese who is a Doctor of the Church, it was so interesting to them they we are now slowly reading through a page or two a night."

I spent some time on her blog and really enjoyed it. I know it's a blog I will return to again and again! All of you bloggers out there: If you write about my books, please send me a quick link and I'll be sure to link to it here on my blog!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Get A Life!"

It was dusk, the sun starting to set on a beautiful late-summer day. People, young and old, stood before the proposed abortuary in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Many held candles as they sang and prayed. Cars drove by, honking their horns in support of the 300 or so who gathered in front of the building. Then a car full of men came along. A passenger rolled down his window.

"Get a life!" he shouted to the people.

Oh, the irony.

Get a life, indeed.

What does this young man, this former embryo, think the people were trying to do out there, as they prayed their rosaries, pleading for the lives of countless unborn children that could very well be snuffed out if the abortuary is allowed to proceed? Yes, they were trying to save a life, save lives.

If you don't know who Abby Johnson is, you should. A former employee of Planned Parenthood, Abby writes about her conversion in the incredible book, UnPlanned. For a moving and eye-opening account of the ultrasound that shook her to the core and changed her life forever, read the first chapter of her book here. You will never be the same after you've read it.

I am proud to be a board member of True Love Leads To Life, an unprecedented, global, and peaceful mission of love led by Jesus Christ, whose purpose is to sanctify each person on an individual level, combine our good works and save precious lives by ending legalized abortion and euthanasia, and to promote post-abortion healing to those in need.

People of all faiths are invited and encouraged to join us in praying, sacrificing, attending prayer vigils, fasting, offering up suffering, sharing information, attending Holy Mass, praying before the Blessed Sacrament, increasing in sanctity, educating, witnessing, writing...and most importantly by living morally and loving heroically.

Together, let us storm heaven with our collective good works and role-model an end to the colossal humanitarian catastrophe of legalized abortion and euthanasia.

"I don't understand: Why such hatered toward one's own child? A mother is supposed to protect her child at all costs!" wrote a pro-lifer on Facebook.

Get a life, indeed.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Catholic Writers To Enjoy Special Retreat

Press Release

Contacts: Ann Margaret Lewis, Catholic Writers Guild President

Phone: 317-755-2693

email: annlewis@joesystems.com

Michael Marshall, Faith Catholic

Phone: 517.853.7600

email: mmarshall@faithcatholic.com

For Immediate Release

Catholic Writers to Enjoy Special Spiritual Retreat

Lansing, MI: In collaboration with FAITH Catholic Publishing and Communications, The Catholic Writers Guild, will sponsor Your Word is My Delight, a Catholic writers' retreat, Oct 5-9, 2011. Come and delight in God's word and sacrament, and pray in a beautiful and serene retreat setting.

The retreat's key presenter is Pat Gohn, Catholic columnist, podcaster and catechist http://www.patgohn.com/patgohn/About.html. Other presenters are Father Charles E. Irvin, David Krajewski, Father David Rosenberg and Father Larry Delaney.

Writers will enjoy five spiritually-enriching days of daily Mass, adoration, the sacrament of reconciliation and many hours of writing time. Talks will explore how God speaks to and encourages writers through Scripture, papal writings and other topics in order to promote faith-filled writing.

Opportunities for networking also will be offered through an informal "book bash and social hour" Wednesday evening and Faith Catholic's one-on-one "pitch sessions" that give writers the chance to sell their current writing projects.

Cost for the four-day retreat is $450, which includes meals and accommodations. Deadline for registration is Sept 28. A nonrefundable deposit of $45 is required at registration.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bishop Aquila To Youth: Ditch Evil Music

Bishop Samuel Aquila

Madrid, Spain, Aug 20, 2011 / 07:51 am (EWTN News) -Bishop Samuel Aquila used one of his World Youth Day catecheses to urge young people to scrub “evil” music from their iPods.

"You need to look at the music you listen to and the words. Don't fool yourself. It impacts upon you," said the Bishop of Fargo, ND at his World Youth Day catechisis session on Aug. 19.

“There is good music out there that you can listen to, but there is also a lot of trash. And it is simply evil. It is the evil because it distorts the gift of human sexuality, the gift of sexual intimacy, the gift of human life.”

Bishop Aquila was talking to several hundred English-speaking pilgrims in the parish church of Virgen del Mar in the Madrid suburb of San Blas.

He told the youngsters how he was recently visiting a friend with two teenage sons who wanted to show him the music they had downloaded onto their cell phones. The title of one particular song grabbed the bishop’s attention.

“A few days later I read the lyrics of that song, and very honestly I was horrified,” he said. “The words used objectified women” and the woman the featured in the song “was very simply a toy for men and their sexual pleasure.”

Bishop Aquila said he’d then asked the two boys if they “would want your sisters’ boyfriends to treat them as the woman is being treated in that song?” That question “stopped the conversation completely, as these boys would defend their sisters to the hilt.”

He concluded by explaining to the young pilgrims that while the witness of a bishop can be effective, it was more important for young people to witness to each other when it comes to ditching “evil” music.

“Be not afraid to get rid of that sort of music from your iPods or your iPads or your iPhones or wherever you put that kind of music. And don’t be afraid to shut it off because it can play constantly in your head. Give witness to that.”

This morning’s catechesis session was only one of 220 being given in 27 languages all around Madrid.

The reaction to Bishop Aquila’s talk seemed overwhelmingly positive.

“I think that it’s important for the youth to hear what he said about music, because that sort of music is all over the place, it’s infected many levels, even young kids are listening to this stuff,” said 17-year-old Sean Palmer from Philadelphia.

“So it’s important that Catholics lead the charge and show the world what music is right and what music should be avoided because it affects our subconscious in ways we sometimes don’t realize,” Palmer said.

His friend, 17-year-old Andrew Parrish also from Philadelphia, agreed, saying that “music is really language and it can be used to express beautiful things or things that aren’t so beautiful.” He added, “it was important to hear that message from Bishop Aquila because you don’t hear it that often.”

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