Caritas Press was founded in 2011 with the mission of shedding light on things eternal in a culture that is becoming increasingly blind to the wonders of God’s works and numb to his boundless love. Making use of the subtle and the beautiful, Caritas Press hopes to play a part in igniting in children and adults a desire to know God more fully.
In addition to fiction, Caritas Press publishes a series of rosary meditations and an expanding line of Catholic and pro-life children’s books, all in the service of truth, beauty and goodness.
The power of story:
“True art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience… Even when they explore the darkest depths of the soul or the most unsettling aspects of evil, artists give voice in a way to the universal desire for redemption.”
— Blessed John Paul II, Letter to Artists (of Easter Sunday 1999).
“Writers and other artists “seek to probe the true nature of man, his problems and experiences, as he strives to know and perfect himself and the world, to discover his place in history and the universe, to portray his miseries and joys, his needs and strengths, with a view to a better future …The world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair.”
— The Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes
“In order for the New Evangelization to be successful in our times, we need fiction that can fire the imagination and move the heart to catch a glimpse of the wonder of God’s goodness in creation, especially in human persons created in God’s image.”
— The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix
“These are the concepts that, in the end, will bind us together as men and women of faith and help to evangelize our society – Truth, Beauty, and Goodness – the “eternal verities”, as William Falkner called them. The Catholic writer has a calling to evangelize hearts and minds with the things that never fade and which will ever be fruitful for the healing and strengthening of souls, and this calling is a most precious and important one.
Those of you who are writers, as well as those of you who are readers, are well aware of the power of truthful, beautiful, and uplifting words. They are even more important in a society that has become flooded with the wrong words. You have the vocation to be word-smiths and story-tellers of truth and beauty to future generations and especially to those of the current generation who have not been exposed to the great riches of our Catholic tradition. Do so with the power of the holy words and images of our faith and the immense beauty of the Truth, like the great Catholic giants who have gone before us.
Above all, keep The Word Himself in the depths of your hearts, and you will BE the word of Christ to others, which is always the most effective way to evangelize.”
— Most Rev. Felipe J. Estevez, Bishop of St. Augustine,
Speech given to Catholic Writers Guild, St. John’s Chapter
Felix Varela Center, Jacksonville, Florida, April 21, 2015
“My hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration. May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder! Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude. People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world”.(25)
Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savour life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy. It stirs that hidden nostalgia for God which a lover of beauty like Saint Augustine could express in incomparable terms: “Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you!”.(26)
Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.”
— St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists, April 4, 1999, Easter Sunday