Lay Witness Magazine

A Parable of Mercy

an excerpt from Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI by Robert Stackpole, S.T.D. Click here to read Lay Witness’s interview with Robert Stackpole. With My mercy, I pursue sinners along all their paths, and My Heart rejoices when they return to Me. I forget all the bitterness with which they fed My Heart and rejoice in their return. . . . What joy fills My Heart when you return to Me. Because you are weak, I take you in My arms and carry you to the home of My Father. —Christ’s words to St. Faustina Diary of … Continue reading

All in the Family: Liturgical Training for Preschoolers

Gerald Korson From the Mar/Apr 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We’ve all had the experience. You’re in the middle of Mass when suddenly a toddler lets out a scream that would startle a screech owl. Her parents, evidently hoping either that the crisis will pass or that no one will actually notice the ear-piercing shrieks, spend several minutes trying in vain to soothe, cajole, bribe, or otherwise threaten the kid into tranquility. By the time they concede the battle and head for the cry room, the child is in full meltdown—and so are you. Or perhaps there’s a 5-year-old … Continue reading

Ask CUF – March/April 2008

CUF From the Mar/Apr 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Days of Lent Why does Lent last 40 days? The number 40 appears at a number of points in salvation history. The period of the flood in Genesis 7 was 40 days. Israel wandered 40 years in the desert (Ex. 16:35; Num. 32:13), and Moses fasted on the mountain of God 40 days and nights (24:18). Elijah fasted at Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8). Nineveh was given 40 days to repent (Jon. 3:4). Jesus fasted in the desert before His temptation. The Forty Hours Devotion honors the 40 hours … Continue reading

CUF Link – March/April 2008

CUF From the Mar/Apr 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine CUF Staff Marches for Life CUF staff members Kristi Sands, Sarah Rozman, Valerie Striker, and Mike Sullivan—along with Mike’s oldest daughter, Molly—attended the March for Life in Washington, DC, on January 22. Above, marchers make their way down Constitution Avenue as a witness to the value and dignity of every human life. Visit Chapter Info to learn more about CUF chapters and find out if one is active near you! CUF’s Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Chapter (Orange, CA) is engaged in activities based on the two pillars of St. … Continue reading

CUF Mailbox – March/April 2008

CUF From the Mar/Apr 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Just Because It Looks Exotic… Dear Editor, You are to be congratulated on your issue on “Beauty” (November/December ’07) with such inspiring articles by Pauline Marie Smith, Gabriel Zamora, Donald DeMarco, and Jessica Mayo. This aspect of the Church’s evangelization has been considered important throughout her long history. Unfortunately, interest in the visual arts has waned in the last 40 years. So it is most heartening to see you take up the subject. It is a pity, however, that your choice of the cover is not really indicative of your … Continue reading

Faces of Virtue – A Profile of Christian Fortitude

by Donald DeMarco St. Augustine, St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Thomas More are living testaments to the compatibility of scholarship and sanctity. In the modern era, however, we witness disjunction between the two. There are great honors and material rewards for outstanding scholarship these days, and they can easily go to one’s head. For this reason, Msgr. George Rutler has opined that it may be more difficult for a Ph.D. holder to get into heaven than a rich man. Sanctity requires a great deal of humility. On the other hand, it is most tempting for the … Continue reading

Faith In Chance

An Exerpt from Answering the New Atheism: Dawkins Dismantled Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker From the Mar/Apr 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine What would be the rational reaction to seeing, in broad daylight, a marble statue of the Virgin Mary suddenly wave at you? a. Complete astonishment and overwhelming belief that you had witnessed a miracle. b. Complete astonishment and nearly overwhelming belief that you had witnessed a miracle, coupled with the conviction that a thorough investigation should be made into another possible cause. c. Uttering, “That sure was lucky,” and going about your business. If your response is … Continue reading

For All of Humanity

A Report from the International Congress on Mulieris Dignitatem held in Rome, February 7–9, 2008 by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle Pilgrimaging to the Eternal City were 260 delegates comprising mostly women and a few men from all corners of the world. They represented 46 countries and five continents called together by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to partake in the International Congress marking the twentieth anniversary of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem. Mulieris Dignitatem (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”), presented by Pope John Paul II on August 15, 1988, is the first apostolic letter totally dedicated to women. … Continue reading

Forgotten Treasures – The Counterrevolutionary Lion

by Peter A. Kwasniewski Prior to the pontificate of Leo XIII, the Catholic Church in the nineteenth century was under siege and on the defensive. In many ways she was marginalized and held in contempt; the “enlightened” liberals who ran the show in Europe (as they do today) belittled her “medieval” words and ways and predicted her disappearance as a matter of course. Her supreme leader was left little choice, it seemed, but to hurl protests and anathemas at a heedless world. Secularists would simply not have thought it possible that the Church would rally and boldly respond to the … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk

Valerie Striker From the Mar/Apr 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My family and friends no doubt remember how worked up I used to get over a certain Christian radio show host who would repeatedly bash Catholic beliefs. To my chagrin, Mom forbade me to call in and give him my two-cents’ worth. It was several years before I realized that I associated my identity as a more with my impassioned desire to “defend” the faith than with an actual love of Christ and His Church. Working at CUF has helped me to see even more clearly how a commitment … Continue reading