“Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book.”
-St. John Bosco
Welcome to One Good Catholic Book!
I’m Lena Donellan, a young Catholic author just starting a journey into the world of writing and self-publishing Catholic fiction, with these words of St. John Bosco for my mission and inspiration.
With a deep love of writing and (I pray!) a deeper love of God, I hope to share with other souls not only the characters and stories that are so dear to me, but also a reflection of the goodness, truth, and mercy God has poured upon me in this life.
“Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints–they are your public.”
-St. John Vianney’s Advice to Writers
What matters to Our Lord and Our Lady and their court of angels and saints is what matters to me! My faith in and adherence to traditional, sound, Catholic teaching and morals both influences and dictates what and how I write. Purity, wholesomeness, honesty, cleanliness, and overall decency are what I hope readers find in my fiction.
While I don’t adhere to a particular genre of fiction, per se (after all, one must catch the wings of whatever muse is within reach at the time!), I absolutely love weaving my Faith into my writing in various ways, depending on the work.
“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”
–St. Teresa of Calcutta
While many people warn authors not to use their writing as a soapbox, and we’ve all seen somewhat pathetic efforts to deliver a Christian message through media that is lackluster in quality and art, I believe that it can be done, and done well. I don’t see my writing as a soapbox; I see the most important thing in life, indeed my life itself–“for me to live is Christ”–as essential to my writing. How can my art have the deepest beauty and meaning possible if I try to separate it from ultimate Beauty and Meaning? What’s the point of art at all if it is not an expression of the Creator, who gave us the wonderful ability of sub-creation in the first place?
I believe that there is not only a place for good Catholic fiction, I believe there is a great need for it in this world of ours. In striving to offer even one good Catholic book to the world, I would be overjoyed if it could offer one other soul a little hope in a world of despair, a bit of light in an age of darkness, and a glimpse of Love Eternal in a life meant for love.
Whoever and wherever you are, may God bless you, and my prayers and love are yours. . .whether you buy a book or not! God’s story for each one of us is the most beautiful story of all. May we allow Him to write it for us!
Et Verbum caro factum est, et habitavit in nobis!