Lay Witness Magazine

At a Glance: Ever After

Leon Suprenant From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Leon Suprenant is president of Catholics United for the Faith and publisher of Lay Witness. His book credits include the best-selling Catholic for a Reason series (coedited with Scott Hahn). He is also a columnist for Suprenant frequently appears on television and radio programs as a commentator on Catholic issues. We all know that the institution of marriage is under attack these days. One of the root causes is the widespread assumption that man has the authority to manipulate the institution. Yet Jesus courageously proclaims that marriage is … Continue reading

Beyond Addiction – Conversion Runs Deep at Guest House

Dan Kidd From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine (Open PDF for “Twelve Steps and the Spiritual Exercises,” an accompanying sidebar.) Guest House has seen more than 7,000 stories of serious conversion since it was founded in 1956 by layman Austin Ripley to treat priests with alcoholism. A lay-operated, nonprofit Catholic organization with locations in Rochester, Minnesota, and Lake Orion, Michigan, Guest House helps priests, deacons, and men and women religious to turn from chemical dependency in their search for relief and solace to looking to God for the strength and grace to overcome addictions to alcohol and … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 2007

Various From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith by Fr. John McCloskey and Russell Shaw reviewed by Emily Bissonnette Ignatius Press, 2007. Every Catholic struggles with the meaning of conversion—both its process in one’s own life and the necessity of assisting others to find God. Fr. C. John McCloskey III and Russell Shaw have composed a guidebook to assist Catholics in this task. Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith is smaller than one might expect. It could easily take volumes to tackle … Continue reading

Catholic Quiz: Summertime Holidays

July and August Feasts CUF From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine 1. Fittingly enough, this third-century saint, whose feast is August 10, is depicted in liturgical art with a gridiron or a grill, and is the patron saint of cooks. a. St. Barbara b. St. Lawrence c. St. Emeril d. St. Pollo del Mar 2. The month of August begins with the feast of this saintly bishop and Doctor of the Church, who founded the Redemptorists in the eighteenth century. a. St. Salvador b. St. Alphonsus Liguori c. St. Romuald d. St. Paul of the Cross e. … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2007

CUF From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We welcome our new Stella Maris Chapter in Columbus, Ohio. Chairman Tom Ryan explains that the chapter is dedicated to supporting local clergy and seminarians, primarily through prayer. The chapter began as a prayer group that met monthly for a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. Chapter Spotlight: Saginaw Capital Campaign Dinner Exceeds Expectations The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM ) Chapter in Saginaw provided a significant boost to CUF’s capital campaign, raising more than $37,000 in gifts and pledges at a benefit dinner in April. As a result, the … Continue reading

CUF Update – July/August 2007

News and Notes from Our Headquarters CUF From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine CUF in Rome At the end of April, Leon Suprenant and Mike Sullivan traveled to Rome to represent CU F members to Vatican officials and to pray for the CUF apostolate at holy places throughout the city. In a series of meetings, Suprenant and Sullivan built relationships with Vatican officials and brought to their attention many important issues being addressed by Catholics in English-speaking countries. They spoke with officials at the Congregation for the Clergy, Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for Divine Worship and the … Continue reading

Digging at the Roots of My Faith

by Kathryn E. Stuart Growing up in an Evangelical and Reformed church in Coshocton, Ohio, it seemed to me to be the safest place in the world. My ancestors had been German Reformed for several generations, and some had been founding fathers of their congregations, including the church I attended. I always used to think that going to a covered dish supper at church was like going to a family reunion because also in attendance were my grandma, mother, aunts, great aunts and uncles, and first, second, and third cousins. Every year we celebrated Reformation Sunday. As I got older … Continue reading

Faces of Virtue: Remembering a Gentle Giant

Donald DeMarco From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The recent passing of Dr. John J. Billings on April 1 at 89 years of age will elicit two kinds of responses throughout the world. The first will concern his illustrious career as a medical doctor, researcher, and founder and teacher of the Billings Ovulation Method. His work in developing and promulgating the Billings Method of Natural Family Planning was recognized by Pope Paul VI in 1969 with a papal knighthood, and he earned an additional star from Pope John Paul II in 2003 for his 50 years of … Continue reading

Faith of Our Fathers: What’s in a Name?

Mike Aquilina From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine When I was a kid, my parents had an old, battered and tattered family Bible, in the back of which was a long list of saints. I was fascinated by the entry for St. Aquilina. It was nothing but her name, of course—but her name was my name, and I was not accustomed to seeing my last name in lights. At 8 years old, living in an immigrant ghetto in small-town Pennsylvania, I couldn’t imagine a time or a place where people observed naming conventions  that were different from … Continue reading

Finding God in All Things: The Impact of Virtual Violence

It’s Time to Demand Better from Media Elites Colleen Carroll Campbell From the Jul/Aug 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In what has become a media ritual, the Virginia Tech massacre that took nearly three dozen lives last April spawned a fresh round of finger-pointing from pundits seeking to explain the inexplicable. Some blamed the carnage on gun control; others blamed lack of gun control; still others faulted the college and courts that allowed a mentally ill student with homicidal fantasies to roam free. A few media personalities blamed themselves—or at least, their industry. They wondered aloud if the gratuitous … Continue reading