Press Release (ePRNews.com) - East Longmeadow, MA - Jul 05, 2016 - Hope and Life Press presents Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean and her strong faith behind the recently released, 5* Catholic historical fiction novel The Jeweler’s Polish, as found on Boston Globe, CBS-San Diego, FOX, NBC, Star Tribune, Miami Herald, Denver Post, Sacramento Bee, Kansas City Star, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, LA Daily News among others. The Jeweler’s Polish, part of the Melitensia genre of literature, is available in paperback/ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and other major booksellers. Dean speaks about what motivated her to write this Catholic novel set in Malta and her faith.
What made you write The Jeweler’s Polish? The story is entirely made up as the two Emeralds in the book are fictive characters. But many facts regarding the Knights and the French Revolution, as well as Napoleon’s rise to power, are common historical types of information. Most of my novels either take place in the small Mediterranean island of Malta or are connected by characters from Malta. Malta, like England, inspires me to write. I believe we all have spiritual homes, even on earth, which encourage us to be whom we are created to be and place is important to me.
Brilliant, loyal on an historical level, very exciting drama. Makes you crave a sequel.
Your first novel is Catholic historical fiction, a very specific genre. Who, therefore, is God for you? God is the Trinity: the Father; the Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior Who is the Incarnate One; and the Holy Spirit. Our God is a great mystery of three Persons in one God. Every person through Scripture, the apostolic tradition of the Church, and personal prayer can attain some knowledge of God while on earth. Of course, as Saint Paul states, now we see darkly, as through a glass, but the Spirit reveals things to us and the Church gives us the sacraments, instituted by Christ, to give us the grace to be open to the Spirit’s teachings.
What is it like to have a personal relationship with Christ? This relationship commences at Baptism when Christians, including Catholics, baptized in the Trinitarian form, become adopted children of God the Father and enter into a filial relationship with Him. Christ then comes to us, during our lives, through the sacraments, whereby we share in the life of God through grace. The Eucharist constitutes the real presence of Christ, it is not just a symbol. It is His very precious gift whereby He is fully present to us every day if we desire to receive Him. Through the Eucharist, repentance, and prayer, Christ comes to us and if we take time to reflect and pray, meditating on the Cross and His great act of love for us, we get closer to Him. I learned a lot about waiting for God from several saints. Many of us walk in faith and hope: loving and believing, without necessarily receiving consolations. But God is always there, waiting for each one of us, as He so desires us to be with Him in heaven that He waits to be found.
What is the greatest grace you have received? (1) The grace of having been baptized as a baby, and (2) having grown up in a faithful Catholic family, learning how to pray and become personally disciplined. A child who has the grace of being nurtured in the faith has the greatest grace of all – being with God early on and developing good habits.
Who has God been for you? Everything! About 36 years ago, a friend of mine said, “Your life makes no sense without God.” I consider that statement the greatest compliment of my life.
What have been the greatest obstacles for you, in your relationship with Christ? My sins, my self-love, my self-will. Sin is not rightly understood by many people, but it is like slapping God in the face. Self-love makes me prefer my own stupid ideas and ways to God’s ways, and self-will is not always trusting that God’s Will is the best way for my life. We tend to create our own obstacles by not trusting and not loving God enough.
Why do you so desire others to know Him? My mother and I were discussing this and how some people find it difficult to understand suffering. The real question is, “Why did God make you?” The answer being, “God made me to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next,” as expressed in the Baltimore Catechism. All is about love: loving God, loving ourselves in a right manner, and loving others. Such love leads Christians, including Catholics, to fulfill their baptismal vows, which include sharing the Truth – a Person, Jesus Christ – with others. The commandment of Christ at the end of the Gospel of Matthew to go out and baptize, teaching all nations about Christ, Who leads us to the Father, is not an option for those who have been baptized. We need to go out and love others, for it is all about love. If we really love someone, would we not want to talk about that person all the time and bring others around to meet that person? It is the same with loving God. I have a great thirst for souls and a great love for the Church. These two loves bring about creative ways to show people the love of God. But, first, I need to become a loving and lovable person, with God’s grace.
How do you wish to meet Christ when the time comes? I hope for time to repent and face death peacefully, after becoming as perfect as I possibly can on earth, with God’s grace, to gain heaven. I pray for the grace of final perseverance and to receive both the final sacrament and the Apostolic Blessing. I am still too unworthy to meet Christ and pray to cooperate now with His graces, to die a truly happy death in the Lord. One can never assume that one’s last day will be protected from evil influences and I believe the Hail Mary prayer, in which we ask Mary, the Mother of Christ, to pray for us sinners “now and at the hour of our death” is significant.
What do you wish to impart to others? Two phrases come to mind: (1) Saint John Paul II’s “Be not afraid.” Do not be afraid to approach God with all your imperfections and sins, because He loves us more than we know. (2) My personal motto, borrowed from Saint Ignatius: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – all for the greater glory of God. If we realize that love allows us to live in and for God’s glory here on earth, then earth becomes an extension of heaven.
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