Lay Witness Magazine

A Mother’s Prayerful Watch

Families for Life Mary Ann Kuharski From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I can’t imagine what it would be like as a mother to watch your child suffer. Just the routine bruises and breaks my own 13 kids encountered was trauma enough for this mom. Thankfully, I’ve been spared the tragedy of facing serious or life-threatening battles that have confronted other parents. I’ve often wondered where they get their strength. I’m thinking of three young mothers right in my own parish. One mother’s little girl has been struggling for the past several years with recurring cancer. Yet, … Continue reading

Ah, Youth – When the Church was Young

Faith of Our Fathers Mike Aquilina From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Church Fathers had a distinctive approach to youth ministry. I discovered it in the course of an afternoon’s research. Scouring the Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca, I found nothing to suggest that Ambrose had ever led teens on ski trips to the nearby Alps. Digging through the Eastern Fathers, I came up even drier—no junior-high dances—not even a pizza party in either Antioch or Alexandria. In fact, in all the documentary evidence from all the ancient patriarchates of the East and the West, there’s … Continue reading

At A Glance – Faith and Life

Leon J. Suprenant Jr. From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My wife Maureen and I do what we can to pass on the ABC’s of the Catholic faith to our children. We require them to learn their catechism, memorize Scripture verses, and participate in the sacred liturgy and family devotions. It gives me great joy to see my children fulfill these requirements enthusiastically and well. All the same, I wonder sometimes how much of all of this is really sinking in. What will they do when they are older, when Mommy and Daddy aren’t watching, when catechism … Continue reading

Avoiding Fatal Attractions

Love and Responsibility Edward P. Sri From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Edward Sri is Assistant Professor of Theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is the author or coauthor of many Emmaus Road books, including Mystery of the Kingdom and Catholic for a Reason I, II, and III. His latest book, Queen Mother, is based on his doctoral dissertation and is now available. All references in this column to Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility are taken from the 1993 edition, published by Ignatius Press. These books may be ordered from Benedictus Books. Call … Continue reading

Catholic Quiz – Catechesis in Our Time

Staff From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine All the answers to this issue’s quiz may be found in the General Directory for Catechesis (GCD), which was issued in 1997 (available online at www.cuf.org). 1. The GCD is a revision of the 1971 General Catechetical Directory undertaken by a. the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism. b. the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. c. the Congregation for the Clergy. d. the Daughters of St. Paul. 2. A “new evangelization” is required in situations involving a. ecclesial communities formed prior to … Continue reading

Generation to Generation – Nurturing the faith in our homes

Kimberly Hahn From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “If I become a Catholic, will my children be believers?” That may sound like a strange question, but it was the agony of my heart as I considered accompanying Scott on his faith journey into the Catholic Church. I knew how to communicate my faith as a Protestant, but could I learn to share my faith as a Catholic with my children and would I be supported by Catholics around me? The answer is a resounding YES! The two most important tasks a parent faces in sharing the faith … Continue reading

Good Sportsmanship

HeartBeats Donald DeMarco From the May/June 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 2004. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue, which is a collection of favorite “Heartbeats” columns. … Continue reading

Hope for the Third Millennium – Teaching children to Adore Christ

Father Antoine Thomas, F.J., and Sandy Rongish From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Children of Hope is an apostolate devoted to promoting Eucharistic adoration by children. In this article, Fr. Antoine Thomas and Sandy Rongish share their stories of how they became involved with this apostolate. Father Antoine’s story Children’s adoration for me began back in 1994, when one afternoon after our community’s daily holy hour, a mother with two children approached me and asked me to teach her children to adore Jesus like we did in the holy hour. I began to adore Jesus with the … Continue reading

Meet the Staff – Eric Stoutz

staff From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Marital Status/Children: Married to Monica. We have six children: Micaela (10), Philip (8), Hannah (6), Bridget (4), Lucy (3), and Eleanor (1). Education: B.A. in political science, with a minor in communications from Vanderbilt University; certification (California) for secondary education social studies, California Lutheran University; B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College. Favorite Saint: St. Philip Neri Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen (it’s a marriage thing), and Shakespeare. Books Currently Reading: More Catholic Than the Pope by Patrick Madrid and Pete Vere, and The Chronicles of … Continue reading

Men, Women, and Tenderness

Love and Responsibility Edward P. Sri From the Jul/Aug 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Edward P. Sri is an Assistant Professor of Theology at  Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is the author of or contributor to several Emmaus Road books, including Mystery of the Kingdom and Catholic for a Reason I, II, and III. His latest book, Queen Mother , is based on his doctoral dissertation and is now available. All references in this column to Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility are taken from the 1993 edition, published by Ignatius Press. These books may be ordered … Continue reading

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