Here’s what our Church leaders are saying about On a Mission to Love
“On a Mission to Love builds on Debbie Staresinic’s previous Theology of the Body work by offering Rosary reflections tailored specifically to children. This is a beautiful resource for enhancing devotion and spiritual closeness to our Blessed Mother in Catholic families and Catholic schools alike. I pray that it is well-received by the faithful everywhere.” Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati
“Devotion to the Blessed Mother is at the heart of our Catholic faith and the Rosary is the beautiful gift that allows us to remain close to her as we seek her intercession, protection, and love. I recommend this book as a resource for those seeking to learn how to pray the rosary as well as for others who may have fallen out of this important practice in our lives of faith. It is my confident hope that it will enliven the prayer of all who seek its aid in drawing closer to our Blessed Mother, whose abundant love is the source of countless graces in our lives.” Most Reverend Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
“On a Mission to Love helps families with the crucial task of praying together, particularly by teaching children how to understand and pray the mysteries of the Rosary. I am happy to endorse it and I hope it enriches the life of many families.” Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver
“These Rosary meditations provide every Catholic family with a pathway to pray the Holy Rosary together and so draw closer to Jesus Christ through our Blessed Mother Mary. The meditations also will help children of all ages to come to appreciate the great gift of the Holy Rosary.” Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville
“The rosary meditations in On a Mission to Love will help many, especially children, to apply the mysteries of the rosary to daily life. I am happy to offer my endorsement for this beautiful book in hope that it will serve as fruitful aid to prayer for individuals, families, as well as Catholic parish and school communities. Our Blessed Mother is a sure and certain companion, drawing us closer to Jesus, and showing us the way to heaven. Thank you for this beautiful book.” Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr., Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph
“Our Lady seems to have a preference for children, as her apparitions at Fatima make clear to the three children of that land, and in fact to all of us. When she comes, she pleads with us to repent, to do penance and to pray the Rosary. This beautiful collection of meditations can help young people get into a wonderful habit right from the beginning of their walk with Jesus.” Reverend Fr. John Riccardo, Christ is the Answer, Ave Maria Radio, Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth Michigan
Additional Endorsements for On a Mission to Love
“On a Mission to Love is an incredible gift for families who are trying to teach their children the beauty of the rosary. The simple meditations and lovely illustrations for each decade help to painlessly take the distracted child (or parent) to a real place of mediation on the rosary’s contents. It offers a beautiful path to come to know Christ, his mother, and our relationship to them, in grace filled and engaging terms.” Dr. Carrie Gress, Author of The Marian Option, The Anti-Mary Exposed, and Marian Consecration for Children
“Debbie has deftly integrated three of Pope St. John Paul II’s loves – the family, the Rosary, and Theology of the Body – into an easy to use meditation guide that will introduce or elevate family prayer in your home. As a full-time TOB and family evangelist, I am deeply impressed by the accessible, age-appropriate TOB principles naturally incorporated within the meditations. This will not only help us say the Rosary, but to truly pray the mysteries together as a family. What a gift!” Damon Owens, Executive director of joytob.org, and Catholic speaker.
Endorsements for Theology of the Body Rosary Meditations
“Theology of the Body and the Rosary were two of St. John Paul II’s favorite topics. If he were still here today, I’m sure he would offer fervent praise for Debbie Staresinic’s beautiful marriage of these two life-changing topics. Now, as a heavenly intercessor for us, I’m certain St. John Paul II intercedes for all those who read this book and are taken deeper in meditation on the sacred mysteries of the Incarnate God!” Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author – Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon
“In his letter on the rosary, Saint John Paul II observed that saying the rosary without contemplating the mysteries is like a body without a soul. In other words, it’s a dead prayer. Debbie Staresinic’s reflections bring the rosary to life precisely because they are the fruit of contemplating the mysteries of Christ’s life in light of the dazzling vision of the unity of body and soul that John Paul II gave us in his Theology of the Body.” Christopher West,Th. D., President of The Theology of the Body Institute, World renown author and speaker.
“Debbie has produced the rosary book that I always wished existed – and now it does! Did you ever notice how each mystery of the rosary is so deeply entwined with the body, the corporeal, the physical? If you haven’t, you will now! Use this devotional – as I will be – to draw you deeper into the tangible, relatable life of the Mother of God and her Son, Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.” Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, Theology of the Body Presenter @srhelenaburns
“Theology of the Body Rosary Meditations is an excellent tool for bringing this important teaching of St. John Paul II into the prayer life of the faithful. The reflections are theologically rich and biblically sound, offering fresh insights to each mystery of the Rosary in the light of Theology of the Body. Related quotes from saints and popes offer additional understandings in the important context of “Voices of the Church.” It is my prayer that this booklet will be widely distributed and well received by the faithful in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and beyond.” Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati
Both On a Mission to Love and Theology of the Body Rosary Meditations have been given the Imprimatur.
A book that has an imprimatur has been officially approved by a local bishop or religious superior prior to publication. It is a declaration that the book is “free” from theological errors to the best of the authority’s knowledge.