Lay Witness Magazine

A Mother’s Plan of Life – Living God’s Call in the Domestic Church

Kimberly Hahn From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Typical homemaking tasks don’t usually get me down. Sure, doing the same chores week after week can get tedious, but I try to see the spiritual side of things-it’s possible to rise above the mundane to see the big picture. Then, one day, I was stopped in my tracks, mid-way up the stairs. There it was: the same Healthtex shirt I had laundered for almost 20 years. Michael had worn it, Gabriel had worn it, Hannah had not worn it (since it was too boyish), but Jeremiah had. Now, … Continue reading

And the Truth Will Make You Free – How Faith in Christ Illuminates the Dialogue Between Religion and Science

Pope Benedict XVI From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Faith has a fundamental importance in the life of the Church, because the gift that God makes of Himself in revelation is fundamental and God’s gift of Himself is accepted through faith. If the truth of the faith is placed simply and decisively at the heart of Christian existence, human life is innovated and revived by a love that knows no rest or bounds, as I had the opportunity to recall in my recent encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est. Charity, like love that renews all things, moves from … Continue reading

Book Reviews – May/June 2006

various From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Finding God Again Spirituality for Adults by John J. Shea edited by James Likoudis Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. One might expect that a book on spirituality written by a Catholic priest would deal, at least in part, with Catholic faith or Catholic spirituality. It is a strange book, indeed, which treats of God, spirituality, and faith, but has no explicit place for Christ, the Holy Spirit, or the Church. However, as Fr. Shea himself notes, “I have tried as much as possible to avoid the language of faith, belief, and … Continue reading

Called to Holiness

The Road to Emmaus Ralph Martin From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Ralph Martin, a leader in renewal movements in the Church for many years, is the author of numerous books, articles, and audio albums. Since 1993, he has prayerfully focused on the teachings of seven Doctors of the Church who have made significant contributions to “spiritual theology.” These Doctors are Sts. Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales, and Thérèse of Lisieux. Martin has also taught courses on the spiritual journey at Franciscan University of Steubenville, … Continue reading

Chapter News – May/June 2006

CUF Members At Work CUF From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As always, the ongoing support of chapters in general and members in particular is essential to the success of Catholics United for the Faith. This is especially the case as CUF continues its capital campaign. During the months of January and February, 18 different CUF chapters participated in a telephone effort that resulted in donations and pledges totaling $54,000. Many thanks to all the chapters that participated: Phoenix and Tucson, AZ; San Jose, CA; Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tampa, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Ames, IA; Saginaw, MI; Charlotte, … Continue reading

Contemplatives in the Midst of the World – St. Josemaria Escriva and the Sanctification of Work

Bishop Robert W. Finn From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In late 2005, the Bishops of the United States issued a booklet entitled Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. In the introductory section, the bishops affirm the universal call to holiness announced with urgency by the Second Vatican Council. They briefly describe the secular character of this call, proper to the laity, and imparted through the sacraments of initiation: “All of the baptized are called to work toward the transformation of the world. Most do this … Continue reading

CUF Update – May/June 2006

News and Notes from Our Headquarters CUF From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine On the Air Several CUF staff members have been asked to become regular commentators for two popular Catholic radio and television shows. CUF director of communications Mike Sullivan announced his involvement with both “The Right Questions,” a Relevant Radio call-in show, and “The Weekly Roman Observer,” broadcast by the Familyland Television Network (FL-TV), as well as that of CUF president Leon Suprenant and others. Explaining why CUF staff have been tapped to provide commentary on current Catholic issues, Sullivan said, “Catholics United for the … Continue reading

Daily Penance, Days of Penance

CUF From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: What does the Church teach about daily penance? What are the days of penance, and how ought Catholics to observe them? Response: As part of our response to Christ’s exhortation to repent, the Church urges us to live penitentially every day. While Catholics are called to do penance primarily in daily life, the Church has established special days of penance-all Fridays and the season of Lent-on which Catholics are called to pray, fast, and perform works of charity. The laws of fast and abstinence bind Catholics of certain ages … Continue reading

Educating Adolescents

Your Life’s Work Rick Sarkisian From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Rick Sarkisian is founder and president of Valley Rehabilitation Services, Inc., which has specialized in vocational and career guidance since 1976. He is author of a number of books, including LifeWork: Finding Your Purpose in Life, and Not Your Average Joe. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married 26 years and have five children. This column is the basis for a future series of vocation- and lifepurpose- themed booklets from LifeWork Press as part of the LifeWork Essentials miniseries. For further information, please call LifeWork … Continue reading

Family Before Apostolate – Pro-Life Activism Begins at Home

Pete Vere and Jacqueline Rapp From the May/June 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Along with Jacqueline, her husband, Keith, and Fr. Phil, a priest who happened to be one of our mutual friends from canon law school, I found myself savouring the country buffet. Months had passed since the four of us had last gathered for some fun and fellowship. The conversation was not as heavy as what some might expect from three canonists and a catechist. From “The Lumberjack Games” and smoked barbeque to Belgian Trappist ale and the subtlety with which “The Wiggles” promotes a Catholic worldview, … Continue reading