I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have..."

2 Tim 1:6



"Let it be printed" (latin)

Imprimatur is the Latin term for "let it be printed," which signifies the approval by a bishop of a religious work for publication. Authors are at liberty to obtain the imprimatur either from the bishop where they reside, or where the book is to be published, or where it is printed. Generally the imprimatur, along with the bishop's name and date of approval, is to be shown in the publication. According to a decree of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (1975), "the Pastors of the Church have the duty and the right to be vigilant lest the faith and morals of the faithful be harmed by writings; and consequently even to demand that the publication of writings concerning the faith and morals should be submitted to the Church's approval, and also to condemn books and writings that attack faith or morals." (source)


Bishop Robert Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, MO has granted:

  • Imprimatur #3007 for the text, Stirring It Up
  • Imprimatur #2907 for the CD, Stirring It Up More
  • Imprimatur #3107 for the text, All Bottled Up

In granting his Imprimatur to this project, Bishop Hermann wrote the following in a note to Paul Masek

I have no problem giving this book an Imprimatur because the text is so concrete and clear, and it clearly flows from the teachings of the Catholic Church. The whole book simply exudes the faith of the Catholic Church. It reflects the deep prayer life of an individual who is deeply in love with Christ and the Catholic Church and simply wants to share that deep faith with others. Thanks for living the life. Thanks for sharing the life. Thanks for witnessing to Jesus in with such simplicity, clarity, and honesty, and in the language that a teenager can readily understand.