Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Trying Day…this too shall pass!

For the nation (with the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare and thus the HSS Mandate that will force Catholics to act against their beliefs); and for me (we are getting our entire house practically renovated thanks to our dog Shirley who shut herself in our bathroom upstairs, had a panic attack and bit through the pipe to the toilet, causing a flood that caused the bathroom, kitchen and basement to have to be renovated – ceilings, cabinets, floors, etc. etc.!) and, as Rosanne, Rosanna Danna from Saturday Night Live fame would say, “if it isn’t one thing it’s another” with this whole process! But…as with everythingin life, this too shall pass. And perhaps, with the HSS Mandate, maybe a repeal shall come – and this too shall pass. Meanwhile, we can keep praying and believing in God’s Will.

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Just Ask!

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!)

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Fortnight 4 Freedom

This may very well be one of the biggest causes in our lifetime that we as believers in God can stand behind; for those who still don’t know about the fact that the HSS mandate (Obamacare) is going to be decided on any day now by the Supreme Court – and that, if passed, will violate our country’s freedom of religion, visit this website: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/index.cfm and pray: “Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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Stand Up for What You Believe…

I have to admit I’ve never been one to attend rallies – that is, before this past Friday when I went during my lunch hour to the “Stand up for Religious Freedom” rally against President Obama’s HSS mandate which persecutes employers and others who don’t believe in contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization but will be forced to pay for it if the Supreme Court rules in favor of it.  I didn’t know anyone among the 100 or so people who showed up in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington…I just grabbed a sign and button and felt proud to be part of something I believe in – despite the fact I know several women who think it’s all crazy or who are so pro-Obama that they think it’s not so bad. I have to admit I thought twice about going – and about writing about it in my blog (although not too many people are following me yet!) What if it turns people away from reading my books? Should I remain neutral to sell more books? Then as I’m leaving, I saw police ticketing my car across the street (I thought I had put in enough change!) For a few minutes on the ride back to work I thought, maybe I wasn’t supposed to go…maybe this was a sign. And then I thought, that’s just the devil talking! I’m glad I went (despite the $40 ticket!) Because if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, who will? If you agree that Obama’s HSS mandate is wrong, go to http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/
and let your voice be heard!

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