Lay Witness Magazine

A Message From CUF’s New President: Raising the Bar

#REQUIRED# Mike Sullivan From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Stacks of my children’s artwork grace my office. The scenes are familiar: family life, landscapes, the life of Christ. As my children have grown older and had more practice, their drawings have improved. Mom and Dad are generally distinguishable from one another, and Our Lady looks a little more like we see her in sacred art. A quick glance, though, shows that their handiwork falls short of a Rembrandt or a Van Gogh. Yet as their father, I also see their efforts and their desire to please. I … Continue reading

Beautiful Mother – The Counter-Cultural Message of Mary’s Physical Beauty

Jessica Mayo From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine At the tender age of 4, I decided that I hated wearing pants and loved the color blue. Mary, the Mother of God, the Immaculate, the queen of heaven and earth, immediately became my hero. She always got to wear beautiful long blue robes. That’s how all of the statues and pictures portrayed her. No one ever made Mary wear jeans to school! In every make-believe game, I chose the name Mary. I tried to find old clothes in my mom’s and grandma’s closets that were blue and white, … Continue reading

Beauty and Catholic Life

by Fr. Timothy S. Reid “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!”—St. Augustine of Hippo As Catholics, we know that the whole purpose of this life is to become holy so that we can live with God forever in heaven. Our goal is to become like God Himself, in whose image we have been created. If God is Beauty Itself, as St. Augustine suggests in the quote above, then perhaps we can refer to this process as beautification! With this in mind, living a Catholic life is really a process of … Continue reading

Book Reviews – November/December 2007

Various From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine A Meaningful World How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt reviewed by Regis J. Flaherty InterVarsity Press, 2006. In Theology for Beginners, Frank Sheed writes that man is the wedding of matter and spirit, a concept fully espoused in Catholic teaching. However, today’s secular intellectuals believe not only in the divorce of matter and spirit, but in throwing “spirit” out entirely. Their creed is material reductionism. Any reference to a higher power is rejected. This approach is preached and practiced in … Continue reading

Can Beauty Save the World?

Donald Demarco From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine St. Thomas Aquinas did not bequeath to the world extensive treatises on the topic of beauty. However, he did provide posterity with a simple definition of beauty consisting of four words that, according to the great Thomistic scholar Jacques Maritain, “says all that is necessary.” For Aquinas, beauty is id quod visum placet, “that which pleases upon being seen.” In order to be faithful to the meaning of Aquinas’ words, we must understand the specific meanings of the words visum and placet. The former connotes more than meets the … Continue reading

Catholic Quiz: ‘Tis the Season

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine 1. This sixteenth-century Jesuit priest has been called the “Second Apostle of Germany” and was the author of several widely distributed catechisms. Of all the Doctors of the Church, his feast day falls latest in the calendar year. Who is he? a. St. Peter Canisius b. St. John of the Cross c. St. Boniface d. St. Robert Bellarmine 2. This year December 9 will be: a. The Second Sunday of Advent b. Laetare Sunday c. Gaudete Sunday d. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception e. Both (a) and (c) 3. … Continue reading

Chapter News – November/December 2007

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine West Phoenix, AZ / Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Chapter The chapter continues to promote the Vatican’s International Exhibition on the Eucharistic Miracles of the World. The exhibit has been displayed at various parishes over the past few months. For more information, visit www.cufphx. com. Prescott, AZ / Sacred Heart Chapter Members gather regularly to pray the Rosary, offer petitions, and study any new documents that come from the Vatican. They usually finish their meetings with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 pm. Recently, they discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum … Continue reading

CUF Update – November/December 2007

News and Notes from Our Headquarters CUF From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Courageous Catholics How can we as Catholics live our faith with verve and vigor in our personal lives, in our families, and in our culture? How do we courageously proclaim the truth of Christ and His Church? How do we get others excited about the faith? A top-notch lineup of bishops and lay leaders will address these and other questions at CUF’s 40th anniversary conference: “‘You Too Go into the Vineyard’: Courageous Catholics in the New Millennium,” October 10-12, 2008, in Pittsburgh. Here’s just … Continue reading

Faith of Our Fathers: Days of Memorial

Mike Aquilina From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We begin these last months of the year by remembering our dead-all saints, all souls. By this very practice we honor them, because they themselves taught us to do it, beginning with the first generations of the Church. There’s a sense in which the early Christians kept every day as a “memorial day.” They called the Eucharist a “memorial” of Christ’s death-a God-willed remembrance through which Jesus became really present. And at Mass they marked not only Christ’s death, but also the days of the saints who died in … Continue reading

Finding God in All Things: A Revolution in Reverse

Abortion Rebellion is Rooted in Realities Feminists Ignore Colleen Carroll Campbell From the Nov/Dec 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Colleen Carroll Campbell is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a research institution based in Washington, DC. Author of The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy, Campbell has served as a speechwriter to President George W. Bush and as a commentator on religion, politics, and culture on CNN, FOX News, and PBS. She speaks to audiences across America and hosts her own show, “Faith & Culture,” on EWTN. To learn more about her work, … Continue reading