Lay Witness Magazine

Book Reviews – November/December 2004

“7 Myths of Working Mothers,” “A Faith for Grown-Ups,” “Heoric Leadership” and “Truth and Turmoil” Various From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine 7 Myths of Working Mothers by Suzanne Venker reviewed by Carol Kennedy Spence Publishing, 2004. As I waited for 7 Myths of Working Mothers to arrive in the mail, I happened to watch a show on the Fine Living channel called “Simplify Your Life.” This episode featured a young mother with three children under the age of five who was planning to go back to work “now that her youngest was old enough.” The “expert” … Continue reading

Breaking Free from Homosexuality – One Man’s Journey to Life in Christ

David Prosen From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My family consisted of my father, mother, and my younger sister, Darlene. My mother and I always had a good relationship, but my father and I did not. He was an alcoholic and often physically abused me. While growing up, my Dad tried to teach me the things in life that he enjoyed, such as carpentry and landscaping. However, it would always end with him losing his patience, screaming obscenities, and calling me names. My dad never taught me sports such as baseball or football. At school, when it … Continue reading

Called to Be Holy

Bishop Michael J. Sheridan From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Among the many achievements of Vatican II was the council’s teaching on the universal call to holiness. The teaching is found primarily in chapter five of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. We could summarize the chapter in this way: Because the Church is holy by reason of her establishment by Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, so every member of the Church is endowed with that same holiness which belongs to the Church. Holiness is first and foremost an attribute of God … Continue reading

Chapter News – November/December 2004

Striving for Sanctity CUF From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Welcome Aboard to All Our New Chapters! We welcome several new chapters to the CUF apostolate. The Blessed John XXIII Chapter in Chicago, IL is headed by Chairman James Sheehan, Vice Chairman Mike Wick, and Secretary/Treasurer Colleen Sheehan. The St. Joseph Chapter of Gainesville, FL is led by Chairman Thomas Pernice, Vice Chairman John Baier, Secretary Filomena Smolenski, and Treasurer Angela Medyle. Our new St. Francis de Sales Chapter in Pittsburgh, PA is headed by Chairman Cindy Russman, Vice Chairman Libbie Flaherty, and Secretary Regis Flaherty. Regis … Continue reading

Credible Witness to Faith

Exerpts from Pope John Paul II’s May 28, 2004, ad limina address to the U.S. bishops from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin John Paul II From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In my continuing reflections with you and your Brother Bishops on the exercise of the episcopal office, I now wish to turn from the mission of sanctification entrusted to the successors of the Apostles to the prophetic mission which they carry out as “heralds of the Gospel and teachers of the faith” within the communion of the whole People of God. There is in fact an intrinsic … Continue reading

CUF News – November/December 2004

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine New Interns This past fall, we hired several new interns for our Information Services department. These talented researchers are putting their skills to work in helping to answer faith questions on the phone, in letters, and via email. The CUF staff is delighted to welcome Chris Kreps, Pete Balbirnie, and Pete Brown to the apostolate. Chris Kreps moved to Steubenville from Illinois with his wife, Britta, and their daughter, Grace. Chris worked for the Newman Foundation at the University of Illinois as a campus minister and director of worship. Chris … Continue reading

Designed by Kids

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Lo, sons are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward (Ps. 127:3). Have you ever noticed that once you have kids, everything about you takes on a new image? It might begin innocently enough with your clothes. Bring a baby home to stay and it’s not too long before that sleek and chic look—where everything matches and has the crisp, clean, fresh appearance—now has telltale signs of spills, spit up, or an aroma undefined but nonetheless evident. All too soon those cute little … Continue reading


Donald DeMarco From the Nov/Dec 2004 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. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue . If you enjoy Dr. DeMarco’s column, you’ll love The … Continue reading

Fr. Thomas Cook

Part of the “Good Shepherds” series Molly Mulqueen From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Good Shepherds” is a regular column devoted to priests who with God’s grace have been exemplary ministers of the Gospel. Fr. Thomas Cook of the Diocese of Winona, MN, got an early start discerning his vocation. “I wanted to be a priest since I was four years old. My uncle, my mom’s brother, is a priest. He is Salesian of Don Bosco and was always my inspiration,” Fr. Cook said. “Even as a young kid, I wanted to be like him. And it … Continue reading

Holy “Orders” for Lay People – Following in the Footsteps of the Saints as Tertiaries

Michael Wick From the Nov/Dec 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I recently attended the funeral of an elderly secular Franciscan. For an hour or so before the Mass of Christian Burial, he was laid in state for last-minute mourners and out-of-state visitors. Seeing him vested in his Franciscan habit—one of the privileges of being a third order member—there was no doubt in my mind that the spirit of St. Francis had truly permeated Stanley’s life. This was further made manifest when I discovered that his late wife was, and six of their eleven children are, professed secular Franciscans too. … Continue reading