Lay Witness Magazine

A Great Portent Appeared in Heaven

Joseph Almeida From the Mar/Apr 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. This is the second installment. St. Lawrence’s father was Guglielmo Russo and his mother, Elisabetta Masella. Together they provided a loving and faith-filled home where the young Giulio Cesare Russo first learned to love the Blessed Mother. Giulio’s parents died when he was still a boy, and he went to live in Venice with … Continue reading

A Sign for the New Millennium

Robert Stackpole From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Imagine for a moment that you are an exceptionally well-educated Catholic priest and university professor, holding not one, but two doctorates in theology. Imagine that you have just been appointed by your bishop to be the regular confessor to a convent of religious sisters, and that one day, a sister of the second choir (that is, a sister with almost no formal education, whose primary job in the convent was cooking and gardening) came to you to make her Confession. Now, what would you think if she said to … Continue reading

Ambassadors of Reconciliation

James Duffy From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Karen, a young woman working as a financial advisor, arrived at work punctually at 8:30 a.m. on September 11th. She had a habit of being punctual and hardworking, and she wanted to move up in her firm, located on the 99th floor in one of the Twin Towers. She heard and felt the crash. Confused and dazed as the building shook, she and others on her floor couldn’t fathom what had just happened. Smoke rose past her window, and still unsure of the cause of the explosion she tried … Continue reading

Book Reviews – March/April 2002

Various Authors From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling reviewed by Helen Valois, MI Scholastic, Inc., 1997. A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of a certain young wizard by the name of Harry Potter. The fictional Brit has been the title character of a popular series of novels for a few years now, and has recently made it big on the silver screen with a movie based on the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry as an entertainment phenomenon parallels Harry as a … Continue reading

Bryan Thatcher, M.D. – A “Divine Physician”

Molly Mulqueen From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “I guess I’ll always be a physician,” Dr. Bryan Thatcher says. He spends his days caring for the poor, the sick, and the dying, but not in ways you might expect. He was a successful gastroenterologist for many years, but he left his thriving medical practice to devote himself full-time to the ministry he founded: the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy (EADM). “I had to go through my own conversion when I hit bottom 10 years ago,” Thatcher said. “As I got my life back on track, I … Continue reading

Chapter News – March/April 2002

Sources of Inspiration CUF From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Tucson, AZ. Members of St. Bernadette Soubirous Chapter heard Fr. James Downey, O.S.B., recently retired executive director of the Institute on Religious Life, give further reflections on the theme of “Egalitarianism” for the chapter’s evening of recollection, which featured exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary, Confession, and closing Benediction. CUF President Leon Suprenant was the chapter’s guest of honor to begin the new liturgical year. Mr. Suprenant spoke on living the Catholic faith in the political arena. He also spoke at an evening of … Continue reading

Courting Divine Mercy

At a Glance Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Over the years we’ve developed a simple “family rite” for reconciling our children when one causes some sort of injury to another. The offending party is in “time out” until she is ready to ask for forgiveness. She then goes to her sister and tells her she’s sorry. But that’s only the first half of the equation. The person who receives the apology is then supposed to say, “I forgive you” and embrace her sister. This system isn’t foolproof. I’ve heard sensitive little Virginia … Continue reading

CUF News – March/April 2002

You must never grow weary of doing what is right, brothers” CUF From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Catholics United for the Faith was hit hard in 2001 by a sluggish, uncertain economy. Despite many successes and an alltime high in membership, we simply did not raise the support we needed to finance our many outreaches. Consequently, we ran a significant deficit during 2001. As CUF continues to receive support sufficient to meet this year’s budget, we still have to manage the effects of last year’s shortfall. That’s why we’re asking Lay Witness readers to consider making … Continue reading

Divine Mercy in My Soul

Theresa Bonopartis From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine At 18 years old, after months of denial, I was nearly four months pregnant. I was happy at the thought of a child growing within me, but also feared telling my parents. My parents’ reaction took me by surprise. Shocked, angry, and disappointed, they told me to leave the house and forget that I was their daughter. They believed that premarital sex was wrong and thought it would be a disgrace to have a child out of wedlock. At least, I thought, my parents were practicing Catholics and would … Continue reading

Dying for Love: The Biblical Revelation of Mercy

Mark P. Shea From the Mar/Apr 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As Hans Urs von Balthasar has pointed out, “truth is symphonic.” Scripture generally reveals truths in precisely this symphonic way, and we see this in its revelation of mercy. Rather than give us a static dictionary definition of “mercy,” God’s Word reveals mercy by showing it to us under several images. Scripture tells us incessantly and in many different ways that God is merciful. The Old Testament uses two expressions in particular, each having a different semantic meaning, that reveal “mercy.” The first is hesed, indicating, as Pope … Continue reading