Lay Witness Magazine

A Visit with the Holy Father

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Our daughter Kari (20) was studying in Rome for four months this year as part of the Catholic Studies Program at the University of St. Thomas. What an opportunity! Somehow, our kids have traveled more than John and I probably ever will. One went to England when she was still in high school. Two others saw the Holy Father in Paris at World Youth Day. Another son has twice visited Vietnam , Thailand , and Germany. A daughter has traveled to Italy and other European nations. And one … Continue reading

Among the Greeks

Envoy of the Messiah Stephen Pimentel From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Stephen Pimentel is the author of  Witnesses of the Messiah: On the Acts of the Apostles 1-15 (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2002). See the ad on page 35. To order, call Emmaus Road Publishing at (800) 398-5470 or visit CUF members receive a 10% discount. He holds an M.A. in theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. His current projects include the development of a series of Catholic Bible study materials. “Envoy of the Messiah” is a nine-part study of the Acts … Continue reading

Blessed Among Women

Joseph Almeida From the Jul/Aug 2003 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 ninth installment. One of the remarkable things about the Marian sermons of St. Lawrence of Brindisi is that they are at once new and old. To be sure, the reflections of the Capuchin saint sometimes bear the marks of his own personal mysticism, but these are always filtered through … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 2003

Various From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The New Faithful Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy by Colleen Carroll reviewed by Russell Shaw Loyola Press, 2002. Several years ago a prominent churchman urged me to read a book which, he implied, would tell me everything I needed to know about the spirituality of Generation X. I read the book and was not impressed. Today’s young people, the author maintained, have been formed by pop culture, and it was to pop culture one needed to turn to find their religious sensibility expressed. In line with this, the … Continue reading

Catholic Families in the New Millennium – Forming the Hearts of Our Children

MichaelAnn Martin From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” —Mt. 13:8 Catholic family life in the third millennium is sometimes like being on the front lines in war. In our home it can be a daily battle of the wills. We strive to attack vice at every turn and instill virtue in its place, but this, at times, comes at a great cost. My eldest son and I have been having a particularly challenging time lately. He is entering adolescence and … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2003

Faith in Action CUF From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Prescott, AZ. We are pleased to announce the formation of another new CUF chapter, Sacred Heart Chapter, with William G. Gagnon as its chairman. The officers recently met to discuss and plan potential activities, share ideas on fundraising, and develop a Chapter website. This chapter was recently visited by Michael Mohr, chairman of the St. Bernadette Chapter in Tucson, who has actively promoted CUF in Arizona. Indianapolis, IN. CUF also welcomes the newly formed Abba, Father Chapter. The chairman is Aaron Hartman, the vicechairman is Douglas Allen, … Continue reading

Christ the Evangelist

David Warner From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We have all heard “bad news—good news” jokes. Perhaps one of the reasons they have perennial appeal is because they echo a deep reality of the Christian message. The Gospel is the true story of humanity’s “bad news” in the face of the “good news” of Jesus Christ. Let me explain. The bad news is that each of us is deeply wounded by original sin. The standard catechetical summary of this deprivation is summed up in the sentence, “Our minds are darkened, our wills are weakened, and our passions … Continue reading

Contemplating the Face of Christ – A Brief Meditation on the Pope’s Letter

Regis Martin From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Shall I confess that, upon arriving in Rome near the end of the Jubilee Year, my first impulse on seeing the loveliness of the land I had left a dozen years before was not altogether pious? In fact, seized by a sudden and most ungodly craving for cappuccino, I straightaway scanned the horizon for the nearest bar. Fortunately, the good monsignor who picked us up at the airport proved both worldly and wise, and so we blissfully set out in search of caffeine relief. A decent interval having passed, … Continue reading

CUF News – July/August 2003

Springtime of Faith 2003 CUF From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine CUF’s Springtime of Faith 2003 National Conference (April 25 and 26), brought an energized crowd to the Hyatt/Regency Hotel at Pittsburgh International Airport. Divine Mercy weekend was the perfect time to host this spiritually charged event. According to Most Rev. John M. Dougherty, Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania, who was the principle celebrant for the conference Mass, “Inspiring would not be a strong enough word to describe my experience.” Conference participants benefited from the spiritual insights and intellectual gifts of a short list of talented Catholic … Continue reading

CUF Profiles – Anne Wilson

CUF From the Jul/Aug 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Married: Married with five children and three grandchildren Education: B.S.N., Villanova University; M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania; pursuing M.A. in theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Favorite prayer: The Memorare. Favorite hymns: Tantum Ergo, Salve Regina, Panis Angelicus Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Ausen). Favorite women saints: Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Joan of Arc. Hobbies/recreational activities: Reading, gardening, walking, painting, and listening to music. Book(s) currently reading: Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa’s The Eucharist, Our Sanctification and Paul Hoffner’s Sacramental Marriage. Most influential book read as a child: The Seven … Continue reading