Lay Witness Magazine

A Bar of Soap for that Naughty Talk

Families for Life Mary Ann Kuharski From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17). I remember my jaw-dropping shock when I heard one of my little ones say a word I knew to be naughty or downright vulgar. Unfortunately, with the number of kids in our family, it’s happened more than once. “Where did that come from?” I’d ask. Most of the time they were too little to even understand the word … Continue reading

A Confession of a Marian Convert: Giving Mary the Attention She Deserves

Lisa Furguson From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “How do you figure out how much attention you should give the Blessed Mother?” someone recently asked me. “I mean, is praying the Rosary daily enough? And what about the de Monfort Consecration, the Marian scapular and miraculous medal, the latest apparitions of Mary, and novenas? Do I have to try to fit them all in?” I suppressed a chuckle at the irony of anyone asking me those questions. After all, I had spent a large part of my life trying to figure out how little attention I could … Continue reading

A Mandate for Action: The Apostolate for Laity

H. Lyman Stebbins From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For me, CUF was and is part of the apostolate of the laity, and as such is to be guided by what recent popes and Vatican II have said about that apostolate. One useful and descriptive declaration on the subject was Pope Paul VI’s sermon preached on September 1, 1963, in the Cathedral of Frascati. He described the apostolate of the laity as “that form of Christian life which joins the lay volunteer to the work of evangelization, edification, and sanctification entrusted to him with a special mandate … Continue reading

A Recovering Lukewarm Catholic Discovers Holy Habits

Karla Wilkinson From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I always thought it was enough to be a halfhearted Catholic. After all, I was a nice person who seldom hurt anyone, with a little religion thrown in for good measure. Then something deeply painful happened- and I learned that “nice” was not enough and “lukewarmness” was no match for tragedy. Five years ago, suddenly and without warning, my infant son died. Two weeks later my mother died. My heart was crushed. After the funerals, when things grew quiet, I prayed for relief. That’s when Our Lord led me … Continue reading

Beautiful Together: Luigi Quattrocchi and Maria Corsini

Carol Kennedy From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In late October in Rome my husband Jim and I stood in a crowd of young families under stormy skies waiting to enter St. Peter’s Square. The rain began to fall. We were typical Californians that morning, having left the house without jackets or an umbrella despite the grey clouds. We thought only of getting to St. Peter’s early to get good seats for the beatification of Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and his wife Maria Corsini. They were going to be the first married couple to be beatified together. The … Continue reading

Bishop Raymond L. Burke

CUF Profiles Bishop Raymond L. Burke From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Some have called CUF “too conservative” and others have said it’s “too soft.” What is your perspective of this apostolate, and why have you chosen to associate yourself with it as an episcopal advisor? I’ve found CUF to be very serious and dedicated to following the Church’s teaching as it’s presented in the documents of the Church, especially in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. CUF’s publications and all of its work are in that direction. And that’s why I’ve been happy to be … Continue reading

Book Reviews – May/June 2002

Various From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Fellowship of the Ring reviewed by Joseph Pearce New Line Cinema, 2001. Admirers of Tolkien’s mythical epic, The Lord of the Rings, must have approached Peter Jackson’s film production with an uneasy trepidation, an anxiety born of a queasy combination of hope and fear. Would their hopes be realized and their fears unfounded or, on the contrary, would their fears become reality and their hopes simply dissolve into disappointment and disillusionment? Would Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth be vindicated or vilified? The ultimate difficulty that Jackson had to overcome … Continue reading

Catholics United for the Faith: Proclaiming Christ to a New Generation

CUF From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: What is Catholics United for the Faith (CUF)? Response: Catholics United for the Faith is an international lay apostolate founded in 1968 by H. Lyman Stebbins to support, defend, and advance the efforts of the teaching Church in accord with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. The efforts of Catholics United for the Faith must be directed toward the unity of the Church and communion with God the Father as intended by Christ (Jn. 17:21). This is accomplished by joining members in a common apostolate to be formed … Continue reading

Chapter News – May/June 2002

Laity in Action CUF From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Covington, KY. Members of St. Francis of Assisi Chapter continue to mourn the death of their founder John J. Summe, Sr., who was also a cherished member of CUF’s board of directors. The chapter offered Fr. Hardon’s course in Marian catechetics this spring. Several members have completed the basic course and are looking forward to beginning the advanced course. Fr. Hardon’s “Masters of the Spiritual Life” course will also be made available. Colleen Kunath, editor of the chapter newsletter, provides helpful information on Catholic bookstores and shops … Continue reading

Chris Bell: Good Counselor

Molly Mulqueen From the May/Jun 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine When it comes to living out the Gospel’s call to Christian charity, Chris Bell walks his talk. He was in his 20’s when he started working at Covenant House in Times Square in New York City in 1979, helping young homeless people, some of whom were abandoned, others runaways. Chris observed that many of them were young women who were pregnant or had young children and had nowhere to go. At the time, there were no long-term programs in existence in that area to help mothers with babies. He … Continue reading