The Nail of Jahel
My first published book started from the series of sermons I gave during the annual girls camp of St. Gertrude the Great Church, in the summer of 2015. I first printed the three sermons during that fall, and noticed that I really enjoyed writing. I therefore published the first edition of the book in February 2016. After St. Jerome Library asked to put the book into their selection, I asked two Traditional Catholic ladies to proof-read it and make some corrections to the text and pictures. This new improved second edition was published in February 2017.
The Nail of Jahel tells the story of some Old Testament heroines. The title heroine Jahel appears in the book of Judges, and she saves her nation by killing the captain of the enemy troops. All the women presented in this book are admirable examples for girls in our time due to their unwavering trust in God and in their bravery in His service. It also serves well in teaching Bible history.
The Cold Heart
This collection of stories and fairy tales with morals for children was published in 2016. As a child, I loved to read fairy tales. I loved both classic fairy tales of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, as well as modern fantasy literature - for example, Astrid Lindgren's book, The Brothers Lionheart was one of my favorite books.
Charles Dickens once wrote: "In an utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected." Our age is certainly that of utilitarianism, or pleasure-seeking, and to introduce the children of today to the classic fairy tales, I put together this collection of classic fairy tales and stories, some well known, others less so. The book has 740 pages and contains 40 stories. Some of them I have told during my daily sermons to the children of St. Gertrude the Great School. The stories and fairy tales are collected from all over the world, including ones from Middle East, Korea, and Russia. The title story was written by Wilhelm Hauff in 1827, and is perhaps my favorite fairy tale of all time.
The Boat to Limbo
Very often in my religion classes, I need to tell where babies go when they die without Baptism. One of the fundamental, but today largely abandoned, doctrines of Catholicism is the teaching of original sin, the result of the fall of Adam and Eve. Since newborns are not in the state of Sanctifying Grace until they receive the Sacrament of Baptism, they cannot go to Heaven. This might be sorrowful news to children and also some mothers whose children have died before birth.
To present the Catholic doctrine of Limbo to children, I published this book in 2017. It tells about Sara, who is an only child, who one day hears joyous news that she is a big sister. The story teaches children both the doctrine of Limbo, the place where unbaptized babies go, and also gives them a lesson to always have a great trust in the wisdom and mercy of God. The book also includes many pictures.
My latest book is a biography of a Chilean schoolgirl Laura Vicuña (1891-1904). Her life serves as a great inspiration to all Catholics, both children and adults. Being a teacher in a Catholic school (of St. Gertrude the Great Roman Catholic Church), I have seen how essential it is to give a child Catholic education.
After Laura's father died when she was three, her family moved to Argentina to attend a Catholic school, which was taken care of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. It was a big sacrifice for her because she had to board at the school, away from her dear mother. But the presence of the Sisters, a solid education and especially the daily sacrifice of the Mass made her a follower of Christ every child and adult should admire. To save her mother from sin, Laura also made the greatest act of charity, and offered her life to save the soul of another. The book is meant to show what a blessing a Catholic school is to a child.
Mass Externals for Children
This little board book teaches the youngest traditional Catholics about the beautiful externals used for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Featuring Fr. Bede Nkamuke, a Nigerian priest ordained by Bishop Daniel L. Dolan in 2013, this delightful volume covers the priest's vestments, what children see on the altar, the meaning of the liturgical colors, and more! A perfect choice to take on Sundays to help children appreciate this most incredible Gift that God has given to us.
This is the first of its kind, being the only board book for the Latin Mass. All sales go directly to Fr. Nkamuke for the support of the African missions. 38 pages.