Lay Witness Magazine

A Final Farewell

Stephen Pimentel From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine From Miletus, a city on the coast of Asia Minor about 30 miles south of Ephesus, Paul sent for the elders of the Ephesian Church to speak with them one last time (cf. Acts 20:17). Luke earlier described Paul and Barnabas’ ordaining elders [presbuteroi] to lead the local Churches they had established, and Paul might well have ordained these Ephesian elders himself.[1] Paul’s speech to the Ephesian elders is distinctive in that it is his only speech in Acts given exclusively to members of the Church, as opposed to … Continue reading

A Miracle of Conversion

At A Glance Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Back in 1984, I was a young lawyer who years before had abandoned the faith of my youth. I had largely cleaned up my act since my wild undergraduate days, but that was more a matter of expedience, not moral conviction. I felt as though I should give my life to something or Someone, but I really didn’t know where to turn. My sights weren’t set particularly high, so I resolved to help build the earthly city. After all, what else was there to … Continue reading

A Passion for Christ

CUF Interviews Jim Caviezel, Star of The Passion of the Christ Tom Nash From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine How have you balanced being a Hollywood celebrity with being a fervent Catholic? There are certain things that I wanted to do, as far as being an actor, but in no way would I ever compromise certain principles to accommodate my goals. The most important thing is that I don’t do what I do to impress anyone. It’s also important to realize that evil prevails on good people who sit back and do nothing. Hollywood is criticized quite … Continue reading

Book Reviews – March/April 2004

Helen Valois and Russell Shaw From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Our Musical Year: Songs of Faith, Freedom and Fun produced by High Note Solutions reviewed by Helen M. Valois, MI Pine Bluff, AR, 2002. Years ago, I was having dinner with some friends. As dessert and coffee evolved into joking and conversation, my hostess, the mom of the family, called out to her kids, “Girls, would you like to sing for Helen?” The daughters accordingly assembled and grinned at me expectantly. You will note that my friend did not say, “Helen, would you like to hear … Continue reading

Chapter News – March/April 2004

Faith at Work CUF From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Pensacola, FL; Missoula, MT. We are pleased to welcome to the CUF family two new chapters: The Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Chapter in Pensacola, under Chairman Charles Bercier, and St. Catherine of Alexandria Chapter in Missoula, headed by Chairman James Scott. Phoenix, AZ. Members of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Chapter have been helping to publicize and to encourage attendance at the 40th anniversary of the religious institute, Miles Jesu, at a special celebration attended by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez-Trujillo (president of the Pontifical Council for the Family), Msgr. … Continue reading

Christ the Healer – Recognizing the King

Benjamin Akers From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Recently, much attention has been given to J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, The Lord of the Rings. One of the subplots of the third installment, The Return of the King, is that Aragorn comes to claim the throne of Gondor as its rightful heir. Rule of the country has been delegated to stewards until the true king’s return. The king has been away for so long that some wonder how they will recognize the authentic ruler. In the book, an old, wise woman, Ioreth, who works in the Houses of Healing … Continue reading

CUF Replies – March/April 2004

CUF Answers YOUR Questions CUF From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dear Catholics United for the Faith, When was Communion in the hand first permitted? Dear CUF Member, The first document on receiving Communion in the hand, Instruction on the Manner of Distributing Holy Communion (Memoriale Domini), was issued in 1969. This instruction can be found in the first volume of the Vatican II documents edited by Austin Flannery, O.P. It is also available online here. Memoriale Domini for the most part reported the votes of Latin Rite bishops worldwide who mostly favored retaining the traditional practice … Continue reading

Eucharistic Amazement – Behold the Wonder of Wonders

Fr. Alfred McBride, O. Praem. From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In the gift of the Eucharist . . . Jesus Christ entrusted to His Church the perennial making present of the paschal mystery. With it He brought about a mysterious “oneness in time” between that Triduum and the passage of the centuries. The thought of this leads us to profound amazement and gratitude (from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, On the Eucharist and its Relation to the Church, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, EE, no. 5). In this issue of Lay Witness, we are reflecting on the Gospel … Continue reading

Fr. Alex Kratz, O.F.M.

Part of the “Good Shepherds” series Molly Mulqueen From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Good Shepherds” is a regular column devoted to priests who with God’s grace have been exemplary ministers of the Gospel. If you know a priest whom you’d like to see profiled in this section, email author Molly Mulqueen at or contact the CUF office. My first conversation with Fr. Alex Kratz, O.F.M., told me a lot about him, even though we spoke on the phone for just a couple minutes. Fr. Alex was in the middle of something really important to him, … Continue reading

In Brief – March/April 2004

Current Issues CUF From the Mar/Apr 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for March and April of 2004: March That the land, culture, and all the rights of the indigenous people of the world may be respected, so that true harmony may be attained between them and those among whom they live. That in Africa, cooperation between missionary institutes and local Churches may grow with respect for the variety of gifts. April That solid preparation of the candidates for Holy Orders and permanent training of … Continue reading