Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – May/June 2003

CUF From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The prayer of the mind is not perfect until he no longer realizes himself or the fact that he is praying. —St. Anthony of Egypt However great may be the temptation, if we know how to use the weapon of prayer well we shall come off conquerors at last, for prayer is more powerful than all the devils. He who is attacked by the spirits of darkness needs only to apply himself vigorously to prayer and he will beat them back with great success. —St. Bernard of Clairvaux Oh! How … Continue reading

A Shepherd in Their Midst: The Bishop’s Relation to His Priests

Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I just returned from the funeral of one of our retired priests. He lived to the grand old age of 92, and many of those he served have already been called to their heavenly reward. The largest group of people present in the church was his brother priests. For us, he was family! This sense of care and responsibility for one another must begin when a man is still in formation as a seminarian, and it must be fostered throughout the life of a priest. Each … Continue reading

Addressing the Priest Shortage

CUF From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: Is there a priest shortage? What is being done to address shortages where they occur? What can be done to increase the number of candidates for ordination? Response: There is some debate as to what constitutes a priest shortage. Some compare current ratios of priests to faithful with ratios from other eras, though some say that demand for priests has diminished to the point that the ratios are not comparable. Others contend that “priests shortage” is a slogan used by those who seek structural change in the Church. Apart … Continue reading

Book Reviews – May/June 2003

“St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox” and “Time Management for Catholics” Jeremy Holmes and Greg Rohr From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Saint Thomas Aquinas: “The Dumb Ox” by G.K. Chesterton reviewed by Jeremy Holmes Image Books, 2001. It seems almost absurd. G.K. Chesterton on Aquinas? Chesterton was a master of the quotable quote, often accused of grasping after any paradox, however flimsy, to obtain a rhetorical effect. Aquinas, on the other hand, wrote prose as prosaic as sticks in the mud, and the common accusation hurled at him is that he was all intellect with no … Continue reading

Catholic Workers

At A Glance Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine St. Joseph is one of the few saints to have more than one feast day. He also happens to be my patron saint, so when Maureen and I were getting married, she asked which feast day I celebrated. Before I had the chance to answer, she mused out loud, “Definitely not St. Joseph the Worker.” She was right (I celebrate March 19th as my feast day), though I’ve teased her ever since about this apparent commentary on my work habits! This month the Church … Continue reading

Chapter News – May/June 2003

Serving the Church CUF From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Toms River, NJ. CUF warmly welcomes the St. Francis de Sales Chapter from Tom’s River, New Jersey. Its officers are: Chairman Brian J. Phillips, Vicechairman Lusk Robinson, Secretary David Lyncheski, and Treasurer Betty Lewis. The chapter has held its first apologetics study group with those in attendance feeling that it was a great success. Aztec, NM. The new Light of Truth Chapter has produced a handsome newsletter entitled Sword containing some excellent articles in defense of Catholic teachings. With respect to assertions that have been made that … Continue reading


Donald DeMarco From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco is a professor of philosophy at the University of St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, Ontario. The Many Faces of Virtue, a collection of essays on the virtues by Dr. DeMarco, may be ordered by calling Emmaus Road Publishing at (800) 398-5470. For information on other DeMarco titles, call Benedictus Books toll-free at (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% discount. “Virtue,” said Lady Marguerite Blessington, “like a dowerless beauty, has more admirers … Continue reading

CUF News – May/June2003

CUF Happenings CUF From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Support CUF by Shopping Online Do you enjoy shopping online? Support CUF by shopping at our online mall! You can choose from hundreds of your favorite stores, and CUF receives a portion of every purchase. You will be offered the same products and prices you’re used to—with the added bonus of helping CUF with every purchase. To regularly access the online mall, go to our website home page, and click on the button that says shop online. These stores are among the hundreds to choose from: L.L. … Continue reading

CUF Profile – Fr. Robert I Bradley

CUF From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Education: Gonzaga University, B.A., classics; M.A., philosophy; Facultés St. Albert, Louvain, Belgium, S.T.L.; Columbia University, New York, Ph.D., history; Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), S.T.D. When/where ordained: August 15, 1955; Facultés St.-Albert, Louvain. Favorite prayer: Anima Christi. Favorite hymn: Adoro te devote. Favorite movie: High Noon. Favorite Jesuit saint: Bl. Peter Faber. Favorite eighth-century pope: Adrian I (722-95), arguably the greatest pope between Gregory the Great (seventh century) and Nicholas the Great (ninth century). Hobbies/recreational activities: Memorabilia of the Old South and the Old West, steam locomotives, hiking, musing. … Continue reading

Forgotten Teachings of the Council

Lay Witness Online Exclusive Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin From the May/Jun 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It’s been just over 35 years now since the end of the Second Vatican Council, almost two generations in human terms, but in the long history of the Church, not much more than a blink of an eye. During this time, members of the Church and our neighbors in the world have spent considerable time and energy studying, understanding, interpreting, and implementing the teachings of the Council, and have done so with varying degrees of success. There’s no doubt that the Second … Continue reading