Entries by Debbie Staresinic

2020 & the Future of the Family

“Today, beginning the Year 2000, we cannot but wonder about the future: what direction will the great human family take in this new phase of its history?”- St. John Paul II, January 1, 2000 Twenty years later, how has the family evolved?  The family is in crisis According to CARA, the number of American Catholics […]

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 […]

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 […]

All Souls Day, Halloween, and, Theology of the Body

Are you afraid of ghosts? What do skeletons and ghosts say about the human person? Today on All Souls Day, just two days after Halloween, Ruah Woods Press invites you to think about your human identity being created in the image and likeness of God. DJ Hueuerman explains… Think of all the decorations you saw […]

Theology of Home – Book Review

Two of my favorite topics – theology and home – have been joined in a new book. Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday is a book that I’ll be giving to my family and friends this Christmas. Visually stunning and rich in content, it’s the kind of book you’ll return to again […]

Praise for “On a Mission to Love”

“We have been praying a decade of the rosary each day with our children (ages 4, 2, and 3 months) for a little more than a year, and this book On a Mission to Love comes at a time when I was looking for ways to add more meaning to the prayers… I look forward […]

St. John Paul II, Champion of the Human Person

Earlier this week the Church celebrated the feast of St. John Paul II. Like many others, I have been reflecting on his life and legacy, on the global impact of his words and actions.  The stories, writings, photographs, videos by and about him are almost limitless.  Above this whole body of work, one overarching theme […]

Cardinal Newman, TOB Campus & the Rosary

This Sunday the Church will canonize Blessed John Henry Newman. Among many things, this soon-to-be saint is well noted for his efforts to restore the authenticity of Catholic education. In a recent article entitled To Restore Integrity: Newman’s Idea of Education, featured in The Catholic Thing, Patrick Rielly describes: “We might explain Newman’s integrity in […]

Mary’s Family Album

Have you ever thought of the rosary as Mary’s family album filled with snapshots of her life joined with Jesus? A book of memories, of sorts, recalling both good times and bad. We know from scripture that Mary treasured these things and pondered them in her heart. (Lk 2:19, 2:51)) The rosary is our invitation […]