Sturm , Deborah
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Deborah Sturm is a registered nurse, a public speaker, and a bioethics writer. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and has worked as a psychiatric nurse. She has also been involved in placing nativity scenes in public forums.


Christmas, the Life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Growing Up in America

A movie about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, an overtly Catholic movie, was featured on national television in December 1980. Seton, a convert from the Episcopal tradition, was drawn to the Catholic Church because of the Eucharist. I graduated from high school the same year this movie was shown. Sadly, the United States has changed drastically since then, and it is nearly impossible to find an overtly Catholic movie on television. Today, because of the loss of religious faith and moral decay, the United States is in danger of falling into atheistic communism. Catholics will face persecution. Dealing with the distractions of modern life should ultimately lead us to the Eucharist, where we will find the strength to deal with persecution.

Date posted: 2022-01-04

Being Denied Holy Communion Is Not a "Weapon;" It is an Opportunity of Grace

The denial of Holy Communion has been portrayed by Pope Francis as a "weapon." I believe this portrayal is a smokescreen to avoid "offending" pro-abortion politicians. I have been denied Holy Communion twice in my life -- the first time as a child and the second time as an adult. I have not been traumatized in any way. God has worked through these two events in powerful, life-changing ways. I see these refusals as only blessings, not weapons. They are calls to conversion.

Date posted: 2021-12-15

A Mental Health Perspective on Physician Assisted Suicide

March 31, 2017 marks the twelfth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo. Her forced starvation and dehydration despite public opposition showed the power of the Culture of Death. And now our capitol, Washington, DC, has legalized physician assisted suicide (PAS). What is driving public acceptance of PAS? What is it that the Culture of Death exploits? Are persons who are debilitated as unhappy as many believe? A recent experiment on persons with Lou Gehrig's Disease suggests otherwise.

Date posted: 2017-04-08

Peaceful Coexistence? Not!!

The SCOTUS has legalized homosexual "marriage." We will all, no doubt, be told that this decision will not infringe on the rights of persons who hold to Biblical beliefs regarding marriage. This will not be the case. Good and evil cannot peacefully coexist.

Date posted: 2015-07-01

Homosexuality: Why Is This Disorder Being Singled Out for Celebration?

Our country is on the verge of creating a "right" to homosexual "marriage." Homosexual acts, like other disorders, can be overcome, even if difficult. Twelve-step programs, when honestly worked, have aided millions of people around the world in overcoming a variety of addictions and disorders. But homosexuality is being singled out by homosexual advocates as a disorder to be celebrated. Sturm explores this issue offering insight about her own struggle with an eating disorder.

Date posted: 2015-05-02

Dealing Death

Dr. Shea reminds us that the general public has not been properly informed about what really happens when organs are transplanted. Catholic healthcare providers and bioethicists should educate themselves - as well as their patients and students, respectively - thoroughly on these issues, particularly "donation after cardiac death." A thorough reading of Rady's, Verheijde's, and McGregor's critical analysis in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine is a good place to start. The website, also has several links to articles explaining organ donation. As Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz once said, "No respectable, learned, and accepted Catholic moral theologian has said that the words of Jesus regarding laying down one's life for one's friend (John 15:13) is a command or even a license for suicidal consent for the benefit of another's continuation of earthly life."

Date posted: 2010-03-02

Whose Choice?

"The conflict between social pressure and the demands of conscience can lead to the dilemma either of abandoning the medical profession or of compromising one's convictions. . . . There is a middle path . . . It is the path of conscientious objection, which ought to be respected by all, especially legislators." -Pope John Paul II

Date posted: 2009-01-10