Chesterton is Where? Here!

Emmaus Road Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of our newest title: Chesterton is Everywhere by David Fagerberg. In this charming collection of essays, the author looks at life through the lens of a most beloved Catholic writer: the incomparable Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Examining topics ranging from domesticity to dogma, Fagerberg introduces readers to the marvelous mind of G.K. Chesterton and reveals our indebtedness to the man who has helped hundreds of Catholics and converts alike grasp more firmly truth, beauty, and goodness–ultimately found in the perfection of God.

Chesterton is Everywhere is a sheer joy to read! Click the link for more information:–P11950.aspx.

The First Saint of the Americas

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Rose of Lima, who dedicated her life to prayer and severe mortifications. Not surprisingly considering her beloved model of faith was Catherine of Siena, Rose became a Third Order Dominican and took a vow of celibacy, despite her parent’s urgent wish that she marry.

According to her biography found here: 

For many years Rose lived virtually as a recluse. There was a little hut in the family garden, and this she used as an oratory. She often wore on her head a circlet of silver studded on the inside with sharp points, in memory of the Lord’s crown of thorns. Other forms of penitence which she inflicted on her body were floggings, administered three times daily, the wearing of a hair shirt, and the dragging of a heavy, wooden cross about the garden. She rubbed her lips with gall and often chewed bitter herbs to deaden the sense of taste. Both eating and sleeping were reduced to a minimum. Naturally her health was affected, but the physical disorders which resulted from this regime-stomach ailments, asthma, rheumatism, and fevers-were suffered uncomplainingly. This manner of life offended her family, who preferred their daughter to follow the more conventional and accepted ways of holiness. Finally, when Rose began to tell of visions, revelations, visitations, and voices they deplored her penitential practices more than ever. She endured their disapproval and grew in spiritual fortitude.

Rose died at the age of 31.

As patroness of America, St. Rose of Lima is a special intercessor for us. By her intercession, may the people of the Americas grow in love and devotion of our Lord and increase in the virtues that were so beloved of St. Rose.

Special Prayer Request

Eric Stoutz, director of CUF’s Catholic Responses department, has recently been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Eric and his wife Monica both want God to bring great good out of their situation. They ask for prayers for their eight children as they learn to carry this burden.

Please join Catholics United for the Faith in praying for our dear friend who has faithfully served Christ through the past 17 years in this apostolate.

Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen.

Vacationing? Here are a Few Tips for Families

Is your family trying to fit in one last excursion before the end of summer? Homemaker and mother Mary Ann Kuharski shares a few ideas for families who want to make the most of the season. Whether the plans are simple or extravagant, here are some tips she and her family have learned to keep leisure in their lives:

  • Reserve Sundays to pray and play together. Attend Mass as a family, and then plan something special-even if it’s just an evening together with cards or games after dinner.
  • If you can’t afford a trip away, try visits to a local park, pool, lake, museum, or zoo. Your children will remember it.
  • If your vacation days are few, don’t let outsiders interfere. This is your time with your children. Don’t let them pair off with friends and miss the opportunity of being with you!
  • Children, even the very young, can help save for a family outing. It gives them a sense of participation and responsibility. Plus, they’re far more frugal when they’re paying!
  • Education can be interesting and fun! Even kids get tired of amusement parks and wave pools. They enjoy the historical and cultural (if not overdone). What better way to learn about history, geography, and social studies!
  • Experiencing America’s history reveals the depth of our founders’ patriotism-a freedom they were willing to die for-as well as their deep faith in Almighty God. Our founders and early settlers sought God’s assistance in all that they undertook. If we don’t tell our children, how will they know?
  • Pray as you go. This is the best witness we can give to our children about our own faith and gratitude for all that God has bestowed on us. If possible, begin your travel days with daily Mass and say the Rosary in the car as you travel (nothing like a captive audience, and it adds calm to a car ride!). Watch for the miracles! God will never be outdone in generosity!
  • Visit to find parishes in your vacation area. Be sure to double check that the Mass schedule is current by visiting the parish’s website or calling ahead of time, as the times listed on are not always up-to-date.

From the Lay Witness archives.

Introducing the Latest Lay Witness

The July/August issue of Lay Witness magazine is now in mailboxes!

This issue provides commentary and guidance on one of the greatest cultural battles of our time: Marriage. William B. May, author of the award-winning Getting the Marriage Conversation Right, contributes to this issue, as well as Bishop Michael Sheridan, David Prosen, Maura Colleen McKeegan, and many more.

Visit the CUF site for this issue’s web exclusive content, and if you’d like to learn more about subscribing to Lay Witness, click here.


Congratulations to ERP and Lay Witness!

Catholics United for the Faith is happy to announce that our outreaches Emmaus Road Publishing and Lay Witness magazine have been honored again this year with several Catholic Press Association awards.

Lay Witness columnist Emily Stimpson took the first place award for Best Regular Column in a General Interest magazine for her series “A New Evangelization.” Her book, The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years, also won a CPA award in the Gender Issues category (third place).

Emmaus Road won two of the spots in the Family Issues category for books. William B. May’s Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue won first place and Nancy Hume’s Bible study for engaged couples, Build Your House on Rock, took third place.

Congratulations to the winners! You can subscribe to the award-winning Lay Witness here  and browse through the great Catholic books available through Emmaus Road Publishing.

New Cathedral Plans for Steubenville!

This evening after celebrating Mass to kick off the second annual Fortnight for Freedom promoting religious liberty, Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton unveiled plans for the renovation of Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Steubenville.

“The Diocese of Steubenville was established in 1944,” the Bishop told those in attendance. “But we will comb through the archival records and ideally be able to acknowledge all parishes that existed within the diocesan pastoral footprint prior to 1944.” Bishop Monforton said that “all parishes have equal importance in building up the Kingdom” and said he hoped the renovated cathedral would serve as a “living archive” of each parish in the diocese.

Seeking to update the Romanesque architecture is only one part of the ambitious project. The bishop of this 40,000 member diocese expressed a desire that the renovated cathedral will also contribute to the renewal of the local community, and a “renewal of our commitment to personal holiness, sacred service, and unity of purpose.”