Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feast Day of St. John Bosco, Patron Saint of Youths

St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians

"My dear boys, love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and you shall be truly happy."

Today, January 31, is the feast day of our friend St. John Bosco, patron saint of youths. I won't go into the history of this fine man, as it is so widely available everywhere. I will say that he is a special mentor to me as a writer and I admire his strength and courage, which he would attribute to the intercession of Our Lady, no doubt, to whom he was quite devoted. I am reading his book of the many prophetic dreams he had, and they inspire me as I write for youths.

His special love and care for so many young poor, troubled boys is beautiful and admirable. To think of all that he accomplished with his oratory and the Salesian order: It is mind boggling, but not surprising because God can do anything! Let us remember his faith in God that never faltered as we pay tribute to this fine saint today! St. John Bosco, who always had faith and trust and strove to keep youths from evil and sin, ora pro nobis! We need your influence so badly in the world today! "Faith and prayer," he said.  "These are our weapons and our supports."

My newest novel for pre-teens, The Gate, is a tribute in many ways to our dear St. John Bosco, who had such a love for youths. Please pray to this great saint that today's youths can find a special, mentoring friend in St. John Bosco, like the characters do in The Gate!

St. John Bosco teaching and loving his boys. He strove to teach through preventative action, with happiness and laughter.  In his final days, he said, "Tell the boys I shall be waiting for them in Paradise!"

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pro-Life Conference: "Life Is A Gift"

I'm looking forward to being at the Archdiocese of Detroit's Life Is A Gift conference at Sacred Heart Major Seminary tomorrow! Featured speakers are Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Kimberly Young, and Fr. Alex Kratz. Also, look for the LIAG student contest awards presentation, audience Q & A about range of life issues, and Holy Mass with the Archbishop. I'll be there with my pro-life books Olivia and the Little Way and Olivia's Gift!

If you come, please stop by my table because I'd love to say hi!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On Temptation, From Fulton J.Sheen...

"You are not tempted because you are evil; you are tempted because you are human."

—Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Prayer For A New Year On The Solemnity Of Mary

God, thank You for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that You are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what You want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with You now, one day at a time.

—Loyola Press
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