Praying the Rosary with H. Lyman Stebbins (Part Three)

To Live the Faith “Pray always and never lose heart…” (Lk. 18:1) by H. Lyman Stebbins This article originally appeared on page 15 of the May 1982 issue of  Lay Witness. We continue with the general intentions which some of us here in New Rochelle[1] follow in praying the Holy Rosary. Today we consider the fourth and fifth decades of the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries. The Fourth Decades: for all those living whom we have promised to pray for or ought to pray for. Among the Joyful Mysteries, THE PRESENTATION has always had a special meaning for us in … Continue reading

Praying the Rosary with H. Lyman Stebbins (Part Two)

To Live the Faith “Pray always and never lose heart…” (Lk. 18:1) by H. Lyman Stebbins This article originally appeared on page 15 of the April 1982 issue of Lay Witness. Last month we began considering a little schema of intentions for the fifteen decades of the Holy Rosary. For those who didn’t see it, or who may have forgotten, we present them in summary: First Decades: for our dead Second Decades: for the Holy Father Third Decades: for CUF Fourth Decades: for all who want or need our prayers Fifth Decades: for those nearest and dearest to us We … Continue reading

Prayer of Catholics United for the Faith

O God our Father, who sent Your only-begotten Son to suffer and to give His life for the life of His Church, rule, protect, and nourish her continually, we beseech You. Teach us of Catholics United for the Faith to direct our zeal first of all to the renewal of our own hearts. Then, if it be Your holy will to allow us to be in any way your instruments in the wider renewal of Your Church, give us the grace to know what services, small or great, You ask of us, and let the Holy Spirit teach us to … Continue reading

The Essential Meaning and Purpose of Catholics United for the Faith

An Address Delivered to the St. Michael the Defender Chapter of CUF, Memphis, Tennessee, December 6, 1974. The essential meaning and purpose of Catholics United for the Faith are fundamental and simple, yet I think they must be seen under at least three aspects. I’ll mention the first two without offering much supporting argument, on the general grounds that if they are not evident by now, I don’t suppose any arguments of mine could make them so. The first is that we live in a time of crisis in the Church. The Holy Father has been referring to it—often with … Continue reading

Praying the Rosary with H. Lyman Stebbins (Part One)

To Live the Faith “Pray always and never lose heart…” (Lk. 18:1) by H. Lyman Stebbins This article originally appeared on page 15 of the March 1982 issue of Lay Witness. Today, once again, let us speak of the Rosary. All you wonderful CUF people are spread out all over the place. We here in the Central Office wish you were all much closer, wish we could see you more often. For CUF is more than the sum of the individuals who constitute it. It is a thing-in-itself, of which we are members to which we (in a literal sense) … Continue reading

The Boldness of a Stranger – Correspondence Between C.S. Lewis and H. Lyman Stebbins

In addition to writing the classic series  Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis is known for the many books he wrote on Christianity. With works such as The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity, Lewis was one of the most well-known Christian thinkers of his day. He was remarkably close to Catholic thought in many ways, but chose to remain Anglican. It was because of this reputation that H. Lyman Stebbins (who later founded Catholics United for the Faith) wrote to C.S. Lewis. In November of 1998, Lay Witness published the original letters written between the two men with commentary by Madeleine … Continue reading

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