I am proud of my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, for taking a stand in defense of religious freedom against President Obama’s HSS mandate that requires all employers to provide affordable health care including contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs despite the fact that they go against their religious and moral values. A few days ago the University of Notre Dame joined 42 others in filing a lawsuit against the Obamacare plan. If the federal government is permitted to “override our religious purpose” and “use religious organizations to advance policies that undercut [their] values,” then religious organizations will become “mere tools for the exercise of government power” and “morally subservient to the state.” said Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called the Obamacare mandate an “unprecedented” violation of religious freedom by the federal government. And I believe, along with those fighting this all the way to the Supreme Court (which includes Catholics, Protestants and many religious and even non-religious groups) that if this act of religious persecution is allowed, it’s a slippery slope and before long the government will be dictating everything. Not too many years ago Notre Dame had President Obama speak at its commencement ceremony. Hmmm…it’s seems they’re a good example of the principle that it’s never too late to admit you made a mistake – and to do the right thing.
Monthly Archives: May 2012
Happy Memorial Day to all. I looked down at the new sunglasses I bought and was horrified to see (after the fact) they were “made in China.” I am proud of the fact that my husband encouraged me to buy an American car and that my church is promoting Fair Trade products (coffee, olive oil, cocoa) as part of its Social Justice ministry. I’m proud to be an American – and a Christian. I just need to be more careful from now on – and put my money where my heart is!
I feel blessed lately that God has been opening a lot of doors for me – as my good friend Carol says, “putting just the right person with just the right message in just the right place at just the right time.” But I realize it’s because I’ve been asking. This morning I listened to my interview on the EWTN Network radio show on Sirius XM 130 – “The Sonrise Morning Show” with Brian Patrick – I asked if I could be on the show and sent him a book – that simple!; then I went to work and called Mark Diccoco who owns several “St. Jude’s” Gift Shops in PA (Malvern Retreat House, Philly and Havertown) and he said he ordered a dozen books (all because I went on a spiritual retreat and asked); then tonight I saw my old friend Kathy who owns Kathy’s Corner Shop in North East, MD – and asked if she could carry my books – and she wants to order a dozen and have me do a book signing. So there’s no magic secret (I always was jealous of other authors thinking there was) to “marketing” your books – you just have to ask, be receptive to others, and be thankful when opportunities do come your way. Oh, and I guess people have to actually like the book. And for that I am most humbly grateful! (Thanks God!)
I have been asked to be on “Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd” on Sirius Radio XM (the Catholic Channel, 129) this Thursday, May 24th at 9:20 a.m.! Found out last night and woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep thinking about it, I”m so excited! If you’re not familiar with Gus, he’s a Catholic (yes, Christian!) talk show host on live from 7 -11 am weekedays and hosts an informal format that includes listener call-ins, conversion stories, prayer time, scripture readings and reviews, sometimes heated debates – and occasional author interviews! Gus read my book, “The Faithful One” on his plane ride to Indiana this past weekend and liked it enough to ask me to be on the show. I realized last night when I couldn’t sleep thinking about it that it’s not about me – I had to remind myself that God has a plan and perhaps His time has come to help me get His message out through my novel(s). I only hope I do His will on the show and “carry the message.” The rest is up to Him. But I feel truly blessed!!
Today I lectored at Mass and read the second reading for Ascension Sunday from Ephesians; it was where Jesus said we were all called to use our gifts: “…grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift…he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers…”; and the homily given based on the reading struck me; Deacon Tommy Watts who gave it said we are not meant to do everything…but to do one thing well. I needed to hear that because I tend to want to do many things – and then end up doing a halfway job on them instead of focusing on doing one thing well. I believe that “one thing” (for now) is writing Christian novels (modern-day stories based on Bible stories). I think we are all called – but few are chosen because few say “yes” to the call. I’m glad I have heard my calling – now I just need to keep doing the work of getting the message out! (and thank you to all who encourage me by your wonderful reviews!) Being an author is a lonely path so your feedback is much appreciated!