Lay Witness Magazine

Attitude of Gratitude: St. Josemaria Escriva’s Recipe for Sanctity

Martin Mazloom From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine St. Josemaría Escrivá never forgot that he was just a simple, ordinary priest. Indeed, he often referred to himself as “a deaf and clumsy instrument” or as “God’s donkey.” But more importantly, he never forgot that he was a child of God, and upon this foundation of divine filiation- the awareness that we are sons and daughters of God the Father- St. Josemaría built his lifelong spirit of thanksgiving. Now, in 2002, the year of his canonization and the centennial of his birth, St. Josemaría’s message of giving thanks … Continue reading

Book Reviews – November/December 2002

Various From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Singing in the Reign The Psalms and the Liturgy of God’s Kingdom by Michael Barber reviewed by Michael J. Miller Emmaus Road Publishing, 2001. St. Augustine, in his commentary on Psalm 85, writes: “God could give no greater gift to men than to make His Word their head and to join them to Him as His members. . . . Our Lord Jesus Christ prays for us and in us and is Himself the object of our prayers.” Emmanuel-“God with us”-dwells and prays with the people He has redeemed. This … Continue reading

Chapter News – November/December 2002

Web of Faith CUF From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Oklahoma City, OK. Marie Steine, chairman of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Chapter, recently hosted Fr. Robert Levis of EWTN’s “Web of Faith.” The week’s activities began with a day of recollection on contemplative prayer, and throughout the week Father spoke on topics such as “Battle for the American Church: The Reality of Christ Present in the Eucharist” and “The Anchor of Faith in Catechetics.” Father also spoke to an R.C.I.A. group, a prayer group, and a home school group. He provided his book Jesus, the Catechism and … Continue reading

CUF News – November/December 2002

Counting Our Blessings CUF From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Understanding “Our Father” Emmaus Road Publishing recently released CUF board chairman Scott Hahn’s newest book, Understanding “Our Father”: Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer. The book includes reflections on the Lord’s Prayer by Scott and four Fathers of the Church: St. Cyprian, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Augustine. The book has received numerous endorsements from bishops, priests, and laity, including Cardinal George of Chicago, Archbishop Chaput of Denver, Archbishop Dolan of Milwaukee, and Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln. CUF president emeritus James Likoudis writes, … Continue reading

CUF Profile – Gail Buckley

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Married/children: Married to husband Tom for 34 years. We have two sons, Neil and Michael. Favorite saint: St. Teresa of Avila. Favorite Old Testament book: Exodus. Favorite Christian prayer: The Rosary. Hobbies/Recreational Activities: Reading, golfing, and playing bridge. Movie seen the most times: Wizard of Oz (started watching it as a child and continued every year until recent years); also, It’s A Wonderful Life and Song of Bernadette. Woman in the Bible you most identify with: The unnamed woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears (Lk. 7:38). … Continue reading

CUF Replies – July/August 2004

CUF Answers YOUR Questions Fr. Peter Stravinskas From the Jul/Aug 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For this special issue on the liturgy, we asked Fr. Peter Stravinskas to answer some frequently asked questions about the sacred liturgy. For additional questions and answers, visit Is Holy Communion primarily individual or communal? It is both, co-equally. In fact, you can’t have one without the other. We gather to celebrate the Eucharistic sacrifice, of which Holy Communion is the fruit, as a community. It is the Church that celebrates the Eucharist; even if a solitary priest offers Holy Mass, he does … Continue reading

Dare to Pray

Janet Baker From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The dentist’s office was serene and sterile, the chair was comfortable, and the efficient young assistant understood about the rosary I clutched, although she herself had not been to Mass “in a while,” she ruefully confessed. I knew during the next hour or more I would need every assistance my faith could give me, like the rosary, because it was going to be a rough ride. The dentist had to remove two badly placed posts from previous root canal procedures on crowned roots. The posts were not straight, permitting … Continue reading

Faith of a Grandmother

Dennis Embo From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine This past February 18th, my grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday. Over the years I have come to appreciate her love and wisdom more and more. Until recently, however, I couldn’t account for the source of her virtues. Now I finally understand why I’ve always held Grandma in such high esteem. Grandma has always been a devout Catholic. I must confess I can’t say the same thing about myself. After Grandpa died in 1964, Grandma came to live with us. Nobody regrets my parents’ decision to make a place for … Continue reading

Francesca Romana: Renewing the Church from Within

Fr. Robert I. Bradley, S.J. From the Nov/Dec 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” —Pope John Paul II, Christifidelis Laici, no. 16 (quoted in Catechism, no. 828) At this time as we Catholics United for the Faith look around at the devastation wrought by the horrendous scandals in the “American Church,” don’t we sense a sinking feeling that all the euphoria roused by the recent millennial celebrations, and all the accompanying chatter about “renewal,” is now mocking us? And as … Continue reading


Donald DeMarco From the Nov/Dec 2002 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. In Luke 17:11-19, we read the story of the 10 lepers. Jesus … Continue reading