Lay Witness Magazine

An Abortion Mindset

Part of the Families for Life Series Mary Ann Kuharski From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We recently learned we will have three new grandchildren this year. We knew about two of them, but the third was a Christmas surprise by our son Tim and his wife Tina! We were gathered for dinner (in our house that means a dining room table seating 12, two card tables seating another eight, and the kitchen table which seats eight more (kids, high chairs, and boosters not included) when my son Tim leaned over from his corner of the table … Continue reading

An Answer to A Crisis of Faith – Adoring the Lord in the Year of the Eucharist

Fr. Wade Menezes, C.P.M. From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine St. Mary Joseph Rossello (1811-88), the Foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, once gave her spiritual daughters the following instruction concerning the importance of Eucharistic adoration: “Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the altar surrounded by angels adoring and praying. Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do.” Not a bad piece of advice from a canonized saint. Mother Mary Rossello knew the importance … Continue reading

At a Glance – The Good Wine

Leon J. Supprenant From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Since our Holy Father introduced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary a couple years ago, it’s been a joy and sometimes a challenge for my family to embrace these new mysteries. We are always on the lookout for new ways of approaching these rich episodes in Christ’s life. As we’ve given more attention to the wedding at Cana (Jn. 2:1-11), the second Luminous Mystery, I’ve been amazed at the depth of this passage. There are so many ways to approach this event, where Christ worked His first public … Continue reading

Book Reviews – March/April 2005

“Lord Who Are You?” “St. Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor,” and “More Catholic Michael Miller, Elizabeth Yank, and James Likoudis From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Lord, Who are You? by Jorge Cardinal Medina Estévez reviewed by Michael J. Miller Ignatius, 2004. Years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at Trois- Rivières in Canada. The towering modern basilica has a wall of richly colored stained-glass windows illustrating various scenes from the Gospels. The stylized images, unfortunately, have about as much character as the figures in a pedestrian crossing … Continue reading

Chapter News – March/April 2005

CUF Members at Work CUF From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Northeast Pittsburgh, PA. The new St. Francis de Sales Chapter chose its name in honor of the great Doctor of the Church because he was a bishop who encouraged lay spirituality. The chapter determined the format for meetings: prayer, then a talk followed by discussion, and a time for fellowship. A special focus of this chapter is prayer and weekly sacrifice for bishops, priests, and future priestly and religious vocations. A special prayer card for these intentions will be printed. This chapter also has begun a … Continue reading

Come and See – An Interview with Laurie Watson Manhardt

Lisa Hendey From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Laurie Watson Manhardt is coauthor of the new “Come and See” Catholic Bible Study series from Emmaus Road. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan. After serving as a teaching director of interfaith Bible study for 10 years, Laurie became convinced of the need for quality Catholic Bible study resources. In 2002, she began to develop the “Come and See” Catholic Bible Study series, together with Fr. Joseph Ponessa, graduate of the Biblicum in Rome … Continue reading

CUF News – March/April 2005

CUF Leadership Training CUF From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In October, CUF held its first chapter leadership training workshop in conjunction with the St. Gianna Molla Chapter’s Southwest Catholic Family Conference in Tucson. The event gave chapter leaders and members a rare opportunity to come together and learn from one another. The day began with CUF’s longtime spiritual advisor Fr. Robert I. Bradley, S.J. celebrating a beautiful opening Mass. In his homily, he spoke about the founding and mission of CUF and exhorted all present to renew their commitment to personal holiness for the sake of … Continue reading

From the Heart of the Church – A Personal Message from our Holy Father

Archbishop John F. Donoghue From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The following excerpt is from a presentation to members of Catholics United for the Faith’s St. John Neumann Chapter at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 25, 2004. Along with all practicing Catholics, I know we are deeply grateful for the ministry of Pope John Paul II. In the 25-plus years of his pontificate, enhanced by the power of his personal presence in more places than any pope before, we have the added treasure of his writings—a cursus, a direction for the Church as she … Continue reading

Gift of Impossible Splendor

Part 2 of our Finding the Center series Regis Martin From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Regis Martin is an Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His latest book, What Is the Church?: Confessions of a Cradle Catholic is available from Emmaus Road Publishing. To order call (800) 398-5470 or visit “This is the saddest story I have ever heard.” So begins one of the finest novels written in English in the last century, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford. However, there is another story, written centuries before in Greek, which is … Continue reading


Heartbeats Donald DeMarco From the Mar/Apr 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. 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. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue , which is a collection of favorite “Heartbeats” columns. … Continue reading