Lay Witness Magazine

Book Reviews – July/August 2002

Various From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Goodbye! Good Men How Catholic Seminaries Turned Away Two Generations of Vocations from the Priesthood by Michael S. Rose reviewed by Jeff Ziegler Regnery Publishing/Aquinas Publishing, 2002. Pope John Paul II has written of the new springtime of Christianity, and one of its most striking fruits is the worldwide boom in priestly vocations. Since1978, the number of major seminarians has increased 73.1 percent (see p. 31), far outstripping world population growth. The dioceses of the United States, however, have not taken part in this vocation boom: The number of major … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2002

Hungry for the Truth CUF From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Gilbert, AZ. Vincent Contreras, chairman of our new St. Francis de Sales Chapter, reports that the chapter sponsored an evening with Catholic lay apologist Tim Staples. Over 200 people, including members from CUF chapters in Phoenix and Tucson, attended the event. Many people were introduced to CUF through all the materials that were distributed. The event was publicized by placing announcements in parish bulletins and the diocesan newspaper, posting posters and flyers in Catholic bookstores, churches, and the Newman Center, and doing a general mailing. Vincent … Continue reading

CUF News – July/August 2002

Summer Happenings CUF From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Computer Needs Looking for a good home for your used computer equipment? Donating computer equipment helps charitable organizations and at the same time allows you to deduct the equipment’s fair market value. Recently, severe weather conditions caused irreparable damage to one of our computer systems. Thankfully, none of our employees was hurt! Even prior to the loss caused by the storm, CUF’s International Headquarters needed to replace one computer system. If you or someone you know is interested in donating new or used equipment, we are in need … Continue reading

Dying Daily for Christ: Martyrdom Yesterday and Today

Peter M.J. Stravinskas From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In third grade, Sr. Vera launched us on the road to lifetime reading by requiring us to read a book a month, write a report, and share the experience with the class. My first book was on the North American martyrs. At the end of my oral report, I indicated how impressed I was by their courage and love for Christ- and that I wanted to live and die like them. Now, having passed the half-century mark, it would seem that my childhood goal of dying a martyr’s … Continue reading

Excuses! Excuses!

Families for Life Mary Ann Kuharski From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate” (Gen. 3:12-13). As the mother of a large family, I would venture to say that I’ve heard more than my fair share of excuses, such as, “It wasn’t me, I didn’t do it,” or “Someone else must have-broken … Continue reading

In Brief – July/August 2002

CUF From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for July and August 2002: July That artists may do all they can to help the men and women of today to rediscover the signs of God’s providential love in creation. That the Christians of India may not be prevented from publicly professing their faith and freely proclaiming the Gospel. August That respect for the environment, God’s gift to all men and women, may increase both on a personal level and on the level of … Continue reading

Jim Balmer – Lifelong Conversion

Molly Mulqueen From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dawn Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a place where addicts and alcoholics recover the lives they lost to drugs and alcohol. “Recover” is an innocent-sounding verb for the grueling, gut-wrenching metamorphosis that takes place in the human body and spirit as it separates from the chemical demons that possess it. But close to 75 percent of the people who undergo treatment at Dawn Farm really do reclaim their lost lives and achieve long-term recovery. “People are surprised because treatment centers often have these euphemistic names. You know- Happy … Continue reading

John Stebbins

CUF profiles John Stebbins From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine How has CUF changed over the course of your lifetime, and how does CUF today reflect your father’s vision in starting CUF nearly 35 years ago? I believe that CUF has changed, just as the Church changes, in response to the needs and challenges of the day. So while the mission of CUF remains unchanged, the ways of accomplishing that mission have changed in response to the time, and this is why we now have so many new and exciting outreaches at CUF, like Information Services and … Continue reading

Learning from Jesus the Martyr

Curtis J. Mitch From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Christians know Christ by several exalted titles: the Messiah, the Lord, the Savior, the Redeemer. But rarely, if ever, do we invoke Christ as “the Martyr.” Yet Scripture describes Him in these very words. We read in the Book of Revelation, for instance, how the Spirit introduces the risen Jesus to the church of Laodicea as “the faithful and true witness” (Rev. 3:14). The key term in this verse is “witness,” or in Greek, martus, from which we get the English, “martyr.”[1] Among other things, this passage tells … Continue reading

Mary, the Treasury of Heaven and the Recourse of Sinners

Behold, Your Mother Joseph Almeida From the Jul/Aug 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine This series explores the collected Marian writings of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church. Translating these writings into English for the first time is Joseph Almeida, associate professor of classics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. This is the fourth installment It is clear enough now, after three installments, that the sermons of St. Lawrence of Brindisi on the Marian vision of St. John are intensely biblical. St. Lawrence was following the principle of the Capuchin reform that all preaching return to the simple Word … Continue reading