Lay Witness Magazine

“We Have a Mother in Heaven”

This excerpt is taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s homily on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We have a Mother in heaven. And the Mother of God, the Mother of the Son of God, is our Mother. He himself has said so. He made her our Mother when He said to the disciple and to all of us: “Behold, your Mother!” We have a Mother in heaven. Heaven is open; heaven has a heart. In the Gospel we heard the Magnificat, that great poem inspired by … Continue reading

Book Reviews – November/December 2005

“The Catholic Passion,” “Opus Dei,” “Letter and Spirit,” “On the Way to Jesus Christ,” “Jesus the Divine Teacher,” and “The Deposit of Faith” Various From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The books reviewed in this issue are available through Benedictus Books. Call toll-free (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% discount. The Catholic Passion Rediscovering the Power and Beauty of the Faith by David Scott reviewed by Regis J. Flaherty Loyola Press, 2005. Publishers struggle to find just the right title for a book. The title must catch the reader’s attention and prompt him or her to … Continue reading

Chapter News – November/December 2005

CUF Members at Work CUF From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Northeast Flycreek, NY.Members of the St. Francis of Assisi Chapter honored Fr. John Burns, a good friend of the chapter, by celebrating his 40 years in the priesthood with a luncheon. As in previous years, members manned a booth at the Morris County Fair, distributing Catholic literature, rosaries, and medals. Chapter members attended “A Day with Mary” in Edmeston that included a solemn Mass in honor of Our Lady, morning and afternoon spiritual exercises, and exposition and procession of the Blessed Sacrament. The chapter also recently … Continue reading

Elvis and Other Trivia – Things That Really Matter

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I was fascinated the other night by the trivia I heard from a talk radio host. It served as background chatter as I feverishly worked to weed and clip in my garden. I was determined to finish, in spite of the swarm of mosquitoes hovering overhead. I had it down to a system: I’d swat with one arm and weed with the other. Ah, the Minnesota nightlife! But back to the talk radio host. I couldn’t get over the trivia this guy knew about Elvis Presley. I learned … Continue reading

Gambling on God

Regis Martin From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Regis Martin is an Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His latest book, What Is the Church?: Confessions of a Cradle Catholic is available from Emmaus Road Publishing. To order call (800) 398-5470 or visit Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I … Continue reading

God’s Word in the Life of the Church

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Second Vatican Council’s decree on Scripture, Dei Verbum, calls for a wider use of Scripture in the life of the Church. It says, “Access to Sacred Scripture ought to be wide open to the Christian faithful” (DV, no. 22). I count myself blessed to have received exposure to God’s Word from the earliest days of my formation in religious life, and in my theological training for priesthood, and later in graduate studies. One practical application—in keeping with the Conciliar Decree on the Sacred Liturgy—was a new … Continue reading

In Brief – November/December 2005

Current News and Events CUF From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions NOVEMBER 2005 Missionary—For Bishops in missionary territories: May they fulfill their duty to provide permanent formation for their priests. General—For married people: that they may grow in holiness in everyday life following the example of so many Christian spouses. DECEMBER 2005 Missionary—For people all over the world who are searching for God and truth: May they encounter the Lord Jesus. General—For all men and women: May they come to an ever deeper understanding of their dignity, granted them by the Creator in His … Continue reading

Is Tolerance a Virtue?

Part of the HeartBeats series Donald DeMarco From the Nov/Dec 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. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue , which is a collection … Continue reading

Love and . . . Responsibility?

Eward P. Sri From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Edward 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 from Benedictus Books. Call … Continue reading

Meet the Staff – Brenda Suprenant

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Marital Status: Single. Education: Two years of undergraduate work at Christendom College. Years at CUF: 9 years. Patron Saint: St. Bernadette. Favorite Prayer: The Rosary. Favorite Hymns: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Auntie Mame, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Princess Bride. Favorite Books: Pretty much anything by J.R.R. Tolkien. Currently Reading: Book of Lost Tales 2  by Tolkien, Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Four Faultless Felons by G.K. Chesterton, and Consolation … Continue reading