Entries by Debbie Staresinic

The Total and Fruitful Love of Mary the Bride

By Laura Ercolino Pope John Paul II used 4 words to describe how men and women are called to respond with the gift of themselves to the love of Christ as spiritual brides: free, total, faithful, and fruitful. This is the language of spousal love – human and divine. Think for a minute of the […]

The Rosary of Abandonment: Jesus, You Take Over

The Rosary of Abandonment by Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo God come to my assistance. Lord make haste to help me. Glory be. Our Father. Hail Mary. 1st Decade: Jesus, You take over! (10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary). Glory be. 2nd Decade: Mother Mary, guide me. (10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary). Glory be. 3rd Decade: Jesus […]

The Surrender Novena

O JESUS, I SURRENDER MYSELF TO YOU, TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING! This novena was given by Jesus to Servant of God Fr. Don Dolindo Ruotolo  (1882-1970), a parish priest from Naples, Italy, who lived a life of tremendous suffering. Jesus’ teaching about total abandonment is for all of us. Jesus asks us to trust Him […]

Novena to the Holy Spirit

The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by […]

A Gift for You: Child of God Print

Imagine placing this little prayer beside your child’s bed as a loving reminder of who they are and why God made them. We are delighted to offer this print as a complement to our book. On a Mission to Love: Rosary Meditations for Children and Families Rooted in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) […]

First Holy Communion, the Rosary & Theology of the Body

Spring is an exciting time for Catholics. Many children will continue their lifelong journey with Jesus as they receive Him in the Eucharist for the first time. The month of May is recognized by the Church as Mary’s month. It seems fitting for children to receive their First Holy Communion during a season dedicated to […]

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer. 1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the […]

Divine Mercy Novena

Open each day with the Divine Mercy Chaplet then say the prayer for the day’s intention: First Day: Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me. […]

Following Jesus to Calvary During Holy Week with the Rosary

Reflect with Fr. F. X. Lasance on Our Lord’s Passion while praying the Sorrowful Mysteries. All five mysteries may be prayed each day during Holy Week. Or you may pray one mystery each day beginning on Holy Monday leading up to the Crucifixion on Good Friday. The Agony in the Garden In the Garden of […]

Full Text of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Pope Francis has asked the bishops of the world to join him on March 25 in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here is the full text of the prayer: O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you […]

The Sorrowful Mysteries During Lent

This Lent, consider praying the Sorrowful Mysteries with reflections and artwork from on a Mission to Love. Free PDF download at bottom of post. Make this Lent your holiest ever! Your sister in Christ, Debbie The Sorrowful Mysteries The Agony in the Garden   VIRTUE: OBEDIENCE Our Father… 1. After sharing His last meal […]

Marriage and the Cross of Christ

Imagine a world without divorce. No more broken families. No more hearts torn apart. A small town in Europe has identified the key to lasting marriages. They see marriage as a cross indissolubly united to the Cross of Christ. This is the Catholic view of marriage. Read about the inspiring Croatian tradition of the Marriage Cross and […]

Letter to My Goddaughter Marrying Outside of the Church

The following letter written by Janet E. Smith, Ph.D. is filled with wisdom, truth, and charity. My husband and I agonize over wedding invitations from our godchildren, nieces, and nephews marrying outside of the Church. If you are in a similar situation I think you will find this to be a tremendous resource. Thank you, […]

How to Build a Culture of Life

Our Christian Identity ​An authentic understanding of our deepest identity as beloved children of God is the foundation for building a culture of life! To understand more fully how to defend and protect human life, we must first consider who we are, at the deepest level. God creates us in his image and likeness, which […]

Nine Days for Life Novena

January 19-21, 2022 9 Days for Life is an initiative of the USCCB for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and followed by 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, & 1 Glory Be. Day 1 ​Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect […]

15 promises of Mary to those who pray the Rosary

The Blessed Virgin Mary made these promises to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” 1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. 2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who […]

The Father’s Love Revealed in the Body

Mary laid Jesus in a manger, a feeding trough, as a hint that one day He would be bread for the world.  Moreover, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a town whose name means “House of Bread.” Scripture is filled with signs and symbols foreshadowing the Good News of the Gospel. Carefully construed, every detail has […]

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

By: Fr. Mike Lagrimas The basic unit of society is the family. And so, when the family is weakened, the whole society crumbles. This is what Pope St. John Paul said: “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” Nowadays, we clearly see how the […]

Prayer in Defense of Marriage

God our Father, we give you thanksfor the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love,and the font of the family. The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children,fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service,and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for […]

God Will Work Miracles if You Let Him

Mary’s expectations of God we’re unlimited. She believed and trusted in him completely despite an uncertain future. When the angel Gabrielle says to Mary that “Nothing is impossible with God”, do we really believe it? How high are our expectations of God? God can work miracles if you let him. It doesn’t matter how you […]

The Immaculate Conception Novena

This novena traditionally starts on November 29 but it can be prayed any time. We can ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, who came into this world free from sin, to pray for us that we may be purified from sin. Introductory prayer for all nine days of the novena: O God, who by the Immaculate […]