Lay Witness Magazine

A Tree Planted Near Running Waters – The Liturgy of the Hours for Families

Sr. Maria-Walburga Schortemeyer, O.S.B From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine When I was seven years old, my family went on its annual camping trip with a seminarian who was a close friend. On this trip he was going to teach our family how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. So one day we went to sit by a stream on top of a tumble of fallen logs and I dangled my legs above the water while he taught the lesson. I absorbed that day (with a child’s osmosis) one of the greatest treasures of my life: … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 2004

“Salvation is from the Jews,” “The Passion,” “Moral Darwinism,” and “Living the Good Life” Various From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Salvation Is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming by Roy H. Schoeman reviewed by Curtis Mitch Ignatius Press, 2003. Here is a book that reminds Gentile Christians of things we sometimes forget, namely, that God chose the people of Israel to bring His blessings to the world, that Jesus the Messiah was a Jew born of Jews, that the mother of the Messiah was a devout … Continue reading

Catholic for a Reason III

Exerpt from the bestselling Emmaus Road book CUF From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Mass is, in the fullest meaning of the word, an “awesome” reality that inspires wonder and respect. It is so easy for us Catholics who have the great benefit of regularly receiving Jesus in the Eucharist to miss this “awe.” In his recent encyclical on the Eucharist, Pope John Paul II reminds us that the Eucharist is “the most precious possession which the Church can have in her journey throughout history.” This great gift, bestowed on us at every Mass, is the … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2004

Spreading the Word CUF From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Santa Rosa, CA. Chairman Larry Poirier of our Blessed Sacrament Chapter writes about members meeting for Mass at St. Eugene Cathedral followed by a breakfast. The chapter discussed future plans to promote Eucharistic adoration and a possible Eucharistic pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Alabama. Now entering into their fifth year of existence as a CUF chapter, members would like to see young families become aware of the blessings of CUF membership. Secretary Ellen Moore writes that the very existence of the chapter … Continue reading

Critical Mass

At A Glance Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I’ve often heard—but not always taken—the advice that it’s not a good idea to bring up the subject of religion or politics in mixed company, because it’s sure to start an argument. Especially after working with Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) for the past 10 years, I’m tempted to add the sacred liturgy to the list of taboo subjects, at least when it comes to speaking with a broad spectrum of Catholics. Everyone seems to have firmly held views about the “new Mass” … Continue reading

CUF Replies – July/August 2004

CUF Answers YOUR Questions Fr. Peter Stravinskas From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For this special issue on the liturgy, we asked Fr. Peter Stravinskas to answer some frequently asked questions about the sacred liturgy. For additional questions and answers, visit Is Holy Communion primarily individual or communal? It is both, co-equally. In fact, you can’t have one without the other. We gather to celebrate the Eucharistic sacrifice, of which Holy Communion is the fruit, as a community. It is the Church that celebrates the Eucharist; even if a solitary priest offers Holy Mass, he does … Continue reading

Experts in the Eucharist

Pope John Paul II’s message on Pope John Paul II From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My dearest Brothers and Sisters! The Church’s missionary activity is an urgency also at the beginning of the third millennium, as I have often said. Mission, as I stated in the encyclical Redemptoris Missio, is still only beginning and we must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to its service. The entire People of God at every moment of its pilgrimage through history is called to share the Redeemer’s “thirst” (cf. Jn. 19:28). This thirst to save souls has always been strongly experienced by … Continue reading

How Awesome Is This Place? What’s Really Happening At Mass

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P. From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In his study on the life of Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation, Hilaire Belloc makes the point that the change in the Mass was the most important aspect of the practical implementation of Reformation doctrine. Most post-Vatican II Catholics have trouble with the reform of the liturgy. For some it goes too far; for others, not far enough. Gatherings of clergy and laity abound with horror stories of liturgical abuses, each seemingly more silly and illogical than what went before. In the midst of all this … Continue reading

In Brief – July/August 2004

Current Issues CUF From the Jul/Aug 2004 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 of 2004: July That all those who are able to benefit from a holiday period during this time of the year may be helped during their vacation to rediscover in God their inner harmony and to open themselves to the love of human beings. That in the young churches the lay faithful may receive more attention and may be turned to greater account for evangelization. August That the European … Continue reading

Let the Children Come to Me: Children and the Sacred Liturgy

From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As the song reminds us, Jesus loved the little children, but not because they were cute. Jesus loved each little child because in his or her weakness, innocence, and spontaneous love, each child was a reflection of His own Gospel. “Let the children come to me,” He rebuked His disciples, “for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mk. 10:14). The children of Jesus’ Gospel are sick and He brings them to health and sometimes even restores them to life. The Church has always tried to love children as Jesus did. … Continue reading