I promised myself I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t be one of those authors who set themselves a deadline only to come back later with excuses for why the couldn’t meet it. The fact is that John Bosco: A Simply Saints Book will not be ready… Read More
Well, there is one more week left in the Christmas season, but my family has finished the Reason for the Season Challenge from Catholic Icing. The boys are proud. Okay, John (the oldest) might be more sleepy than proud, but Andy is clearly pumped about… Read More
I love it that Lucy means light. During this time of year when the days grow ever shorter we need as many celebrations of light as we can get. Advent wreaths, Christmas lights and this feast remind us that Christ is the light no darkness… Read More
I’m taking the Reason for the Season Challenge from Catholic Icing. It couldn’t be easier. You simply try to do at least one spiritual thing for every secular thing you do to celebrate Christmas. There are even these cute recording sheets. We’ve already got… Read More
My parents got me this great filofax planner for Christmas (early)! Thanks, Mom and Dad. It’s so cute and easy to customize. Right now my prayer section is about twice as large as all other sections. It has prayers I want to remember and room… Read More
Lately, I’ve been drawing a lot of John Bosco cartoons for the upcoming Simply Saints book. It’s been a while since I sat down and drew a saint for fun. So I had a really good time channeling my inner queen for Elizabeth of Hungary. I… Read More
God Bless Sister Mary Agnes, my child’s second grade teacher. She has her students drawing comics! Here is the one my son drew about the fall. Sister wrote the captions and he drew the pictures. I love the second panel where God says “All these trees, check.… Read More
Today is the feast of the Archangels! It’s exciting at my house because it is my husband Michael’s feast day. He gets to choose what we have for dinner tonight. . . . so we’re going out for pizza. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us… Read More
Catherine of Siena: A Simply Saints Book by Kathy Donlan http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JYLZ69Q/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_0Z17tb1THP1S9 The ebook is free today and tomorrow only!
I’m reading through John Bosco’s memoirs while writing the next Simply Saints book. In his memoirs, John Bosco states, “I was born on the feast of the Assumption of Mary (August 15th).” But the baptismal record from his church shows that he was baptised on the 17th of August and born on the evening of the 16th. In John’s village, it was common to refer to everything happening around the Assumption as happening on that date. They considered the Assumption a very important feast. So the baptismal record is probably technically correct, but the 15th of August is an important date for John Bosco fans and Christians in general.
In honor of John’s birthday, I’m going to offer the Simply Saints e-book, Catherine of Siena, free. In order to cover my bases, you can download the book for free beginning on August 15 all the way through the 17th. The link to buy the kindle book is on the left side of this page, but you can always search for Kathy Donlan on Amazon.
If you haven’t read Simply Saints: Catherine of Siena this is the time. You can read kindle books on a kindle or with a free app on an iPad or smart phone.
Now, here’s a little joke to get you ready for the assumption. Sister Edith Marie, CK told me this one. Imagine a conversation between Saint Peter and Mary long after Jesus ascended into heaven.
Peter: So Mary, what do you think death will be like?
Mary: Well actually, Peter, I don’t think I’m going to die. I think my Son will take me to heaven, body and soul.
Peter: Gee, that’s a pretty big ASSUMPTION on your part.
Groan! Sigh. I love it. Happy Assumption! Happy Birthday, John Bosco! Enjoy your free book