About Me

Welcome to Saints 365! I am glad that you are here! My name is Debbie Gaudino.

Why Saints 365?
Saints 365 is my personal blog. Through it I hope to provide reflections designed to encourage others (and myself) to "strive for the heights of holiness in the trenches of everyday life." My writings draw from the living word of scriptures, the wisdom of the saints and the teachings of the church and are presented through the lens of my own personal experience.

Sharing the Journey
It is my hope that this blog can provide a place where we can all share our journey together and support each other as we live out the "universal call to holiness." I invite you to freely use the comment box to share your thoughts, experiences, suggestions and questions, always being mindful of St. Paul's words to the Thessalonians to "encourage one another and build one another up". (1 Thess 5:11)

Want to get a feel for the blog? 
Check out of a few of mine favorite posts...
7 Lessons From...
The Witness of Faithful Fatherhood
The Angelus: Domestic Church Style
I Live In A Factory

Connect with Saints 365
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A Little About Me
I am a child of God!  Through the gift of Baptism, I have been adopted into the family of the Holy Trinity.  This is my primary identity, and each day I discover more and more what that really means.

I am also a happily married (19 years), homeschooling Mom to two beautiful children (my son is 13 and my daughter is 11).  My husband and I were raised Catholic and had both fallen away from our faith for most of our young adult life.  We experienced a major conversion at a Mass celebrated by Blessed John Paul II in Rome in 2000.  Since then, our lives have been centered on knowing, loving and serving the Lord and his church.

 I currently serve the Church as the Executive Director for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Trenton (check us out here...) and work as a part time account manager for Lighthouse Catholic Media (read more about what that entails here).  I am a Theology graduate student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Over the past dozen years, I have served the church in my local parish and diocese through leading and speaking at Women's Retreats, Adult Faith Formation Programs and Life in the Spirit Seminars. Check out my Speaking page for more info.

That's enough about me....please share who you are and how I can connect with you (your blog, Facebook, Twitter etc) in the comments box below.


  1. Hi Debbie,

    I too am a returning Catholic and I really identified with your experience in 2000. I'm a mother of one (daughter is 12), and I am really looking at strengthening my relationship with God. I have subscribed and am looking forward to reading your posts xx

    God Bless,

    w - http://aussiechristiangal.wordpress.com
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    1. Hi Alex! Thanks for visiting and subscribing and most of all for sharing your journey. God bless you!

  2. Hi Debbie, I found your blog through Association of Catholic Women Bloggers where I sometimes post too. I check back often and wanted to recognize a few of the people whose blogs I really admire. I was recently awarded the Leibster Award by a fellow blogger and want to nominate you for it as well. If you're interested, you can find more information here: http://www.singlemomsmiling.com/liebster-award-thanks-boogers-yucky/
    PS A while ago I read one of your posts on the importance of fathers. I tried to comment, but wasn't able to sign in with whatever I was using. As a single mom of 5 boys, your post inspired me to get Google+ and opened up new doors for me. I've blogged in secret for years but am still new to all the "marketing stuff" that goes with it. I have to go back and find the particular post that had such impact on me, but for now, I just want to say thank you.

    1. Hi Strahlen,
      Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words and for nominating me! That is exciting. I love your blog and your honesty and how much love and devotion you have for your boys! They are blessed to have you as their Mom!
      I joined the Catholic Bloggers community on G+ and it has been a great source of fellowship, shared ideas, and encouragement to me as a new blogger - check it out if you haven't already. I have learned a lot from the people who are part of that group! God bless you! Debbie

  3. Debbie:
    I love the name of your blog Saints 365. I have subscribed to get your blogs sent to my email address. I too had fallen away from the Church a number of years ago but by the grace of God I have been back to stay. I love listening to Catholic Relevant Radio and EWTN--keeps me plugged in to everything that is Catholic. My website where I blog and post my articles is: www.conniescatholiccorner.com http://www.conniescatholiccorner.com/324475019

  4. Hi Debbie,

    I found my way over here from The Catholic Bloggers Network. I am always looking for inspiration and your blog is so beautiful, real, and encouraging. My little ones are just that, little and so I am only starting out on my journey of home education with them! I will be following for some inspiration and encouragement. I am an artist and I love to create...a few years ago I started a blog to chronicle some of my works and it has evolved with my growing family and now is focused a bit more on creativity geared for children. http://life-love-sacred-art.blogspot.com

    1. Hi Aleesa - thanks so much for writing! Homeschooling is a great adventure - we have homeschooled from the beginning and it has been an wonderful journey for our entire family. God bless!

  5. Hi, Debbie!
    What a wonderful blog! I look forward to reading more of your posts (I commented on your most recent one about Mary, but for some reason Google kept choosing the wrong account for me. :-) Anyway, I'm kind of new to blogging, but if you'd like to check mine out, you'll find it at www.ourcatholicway.com. I intend to start a podcast soon. Is that something you've ever considered doing? ~ Kim Tisor

  6. Dear Catholic Crusader,

    Five hundred years ago in 1517, Martin Luther made public his 95 complaints against the Roman Catholic church (hereafter, RCC). Today, we shall do likewise, with another 95 reasons. However, in this critique, we will exclusively fixate on the nucleus of all Catholic doctrine called, Transubstantiation. This teaching is built on the premise that when the priest utters “This is my body” over bread and wine that the “combustible” syllables of these four words ignite with such power and energy that, unbeknownst to our cognizant senses, the substance of bread and wine miraculously change (“by the force of the words” says the Council of Trent; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1375). They are then abruptly replaced with something else entirely; namely, the very body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ in some mysterious form which leaves only the outward appearance of bread and wine (i.e., the color, shape, size, taste, weight and texture -- or "accidental" properties, remain unchanged in objective reality). It is claimed that the supernatural power that creates this miracle on a daily basis, 24 hours a day in Masses worldwide, “is the same power of Almighty God that created the whole universe out of nothing at the beginning of time” (Mysterium Fidei, 47). The question is: does the sacred rhetoric of Jesus lead us to conclude He intended it be recited like a magician recites his incantations? (Reason 6, 74). That at the recitation of these four words, the world is obligated to be transfixed on Transubstantiation???

    We should think that a rollercoaster of 95 reasons against this doctrine should at least pique your curiosity, let alone make you wonder if, like the calmness of a ferris wheel, you can so calmly refute them. The issue is far from inconsequential, since it’s claimed our very eternal destinies are at stake. So while sensitive to the fact that many are captivated by this doctrine, we are persuaded that the theological framework of the Bible conveys a persistent and vigorous opposition to this theory. God's word tells us to, "study to show yourself approved" (2 Tim 2:15) and we have indeed done just that.

    The almost “romantic fidelity” to Transubstantiation springs forth from the opinion that consuming the “organic and substantial” body of Christ in the Eucharist is necessary for salvation (CCC 1129 & 1355; Trent, "Concerning Communion", ch. 1 and “Concerning Communion Under Both Kinds”, ch. 3; Canon 1; Mysterium Fidei, intro). Our burden here is to safeguard the gospel (Jude 1:3). If a religious system professing to be Christian is going to demand that something be done as a prerequisite for eternal life, it is vital to scrutinize this claim under the searchlight of Scripture and with “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16). Proverbs 25:2 says, "the honor of a king is to search out a matter". We shall do likewise.

    Determined to test all things by Holy Writ (1 Thess 5:21; Acts 17:11, 2 Cor 10:5), the following 95 reasons have been compiled to an extravagant length to provoke you to consider the cognitive complexities of this doctrine which we conclude are biblically unbearable. We are so convinced the Bible builds a concrete case against this superstition, that we will not allow the things we have in common to suppress the more urgent need to confront the differences that divide us, such as Transubstantiation. We are told this issue directly impacts our eternal destiny, so it must not be ignored. The Lord Jesus came to divide and conquer by the truth of His word. He said, "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division" (Luke 12:51-53).

    For the full essay of 95 reasons, kindly e-mail me at