Lay Witness Magazine

“In” But Not “Of” the World

Faces of Virtue Donald DeMarco From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Donald DeMarco is professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. He also teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and continues to work as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. His newest book, Architects of the Culture of Death, was released in April of last year. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue , which is a collection of favorite Lay Witness columns. To order Dr. DeMarco’s books, call Benedictus Books toll-free … Continue reading

“Only You, Lord” – St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P. From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Much has been written about St. Thomas Aquinas and his thought and influence on the Church. Unfortunately, the focus of these writings is more often the result of scholars’ preconceptions than of the truth of the man himself. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was born in Southern Italy into a noble family in a time of great political and theological upheaval. Educated by the Benedictines at Monte Casino, he entered the Dominican Order and spent his life as a teacher and scholar. There is a story that he had … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 2006

Various From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The books reviewed in this issue are available through Benedictus Books. Call them toll-free at (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% discount. Literary Giants, Literary Catholics by Joseph Pearce reviewed by Regis J. Flaherty Ignatius Press, 2005. My wife and I were preparing to speak to 65 couples who were taking a Catholic pre-marriage class. In my portion of the talk, I planned to refer to Archbishop Sheen’s book Three to Get Married. My wife, listening to me as I rehearsed the talk, said, “Rege, none of those people … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2006

CUF Members at Work CUF From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine West Phoenix, AZ. Secretary Doris Kobryzcki of our Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Chapter writes that the chapter has received a letter from a Miles Jesu priest working in the Ukraine. The priest thanked members for the financial assistance they have given to his outreaches, which include two orphanages, a soup kitchen, and a mission program. A recent chapter newsletter provided readers with a summary of Church teaching on the Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist. Chairman Joe Haley notes that chapter members helped support the recent fundraising efforts … Continue reading

CUF Update – July/August 2006

News and Notes from Our Headquarters CUF From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine New Vice President Named CUF is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Sullivan to the position of vice president. In addition to his continued work as Lay Witness editor-in-chief, Sullivan’s new duties will include increased interaction with Church leaders and CU F members. “I will be traveling a lot, representing CUF at conferences and speaking to many of our chapters throughout the United States,” said Sullivan. “I also expect to have greater involvement with dailyoffice administration and with the staff-listening to and addressing … Continue reading

David and the Psalms – An Interview with Fr. Joseph Ponessa

Laurie Watson Manhardt From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine David and the Psalms is the fifth volume in the “Come and See” Bible study series published by Emmaus Road Publishing. This 22-week study explores the historical background of the Book of Psalms , beginning with the story of Ruth, the great-grandmother of David, and continuing with the lives of Saul and David, as presented in the First and Second Books of Samuel. This narrative approach demonstrates how many of the psalms are interwoven with the history of David and provides the reader with a deeper understanding of … Continue reading

Doctors in the Myst

Faith of Our Fathers Mike Aquilina From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Some years ago, Scott Hahn and I put together a guided anthology of the Church Fathers titled Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians. We culled 50 meditations from the works of eight Fathers-six of those Fathers were also Doctors of the Church-and all of our selections had something in common. What was that something? Take a deep breath now. They were mystagogical. That’s a big word, and it’s unfamiliar to many modern Catholics. But both the word and the thing it represents were … Continue reading

Following the Footsteps of the Saints – On Pilgrimage with Ambrose, Anthony, and Catherine of Siena

Brian O’Neel From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine While traveling through Italy last fall, I “met” several saints. It is one thing to read of these people in books. To see them and where they lived, to pray where they prayed, to walk where they walked, that is another thing entirely. It helps you fall in love with and appreciate them in new and profound ways. St. Ambrose The alarm screams in its high, shrill voice, “Wake! Wake! Wake! Wake! Wake!” I look at the clock with bleary, jet-lagged eyes. It’s 5:30 am, and it is the … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk – July/August 2006

Mike Sullivan From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine One of the great benefits of studying theology is that what you learn has not only an immediate significance in your personal prayer life, but also an eternal significance as you imbibe the beautiful truths of our faith. When I was a graduate student, I often had to memorize quotes for exams or presentations. Blessedly, some of my favorite quotes have stayed with me to this day. Two of these are from St. Augustine and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Speaking to god, St. Augustine said, “my heart is restless … Continue reading

In Brief – July/August 2006

Items of Interest From Around the World CUF From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions July 2006 General For all those who are in prison, especially young people, that they may receive the necessary support from society to help them rediscover a sense of their own existence. Missionary That in the mission territories different ethnic and religious groups may live in peace and together build a society inspired by human and spiritual values. August 2006 General That orphans may not lack the care necessary for their human and Christian formation. Missionary That the Christian faithful … Continue reading