Lay Witness Magazine

Chapter News – September/October 2003

Laity as Leaven CUF From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Our St. Francis of Assisi Chapter held its “multi-family yard sale” at the county fair to raise funds for chapter activities. Members made a donation from the yard sale proceeds to assist a group of young people from their area to attend a Catholic youth conference. The chapter newsletter regularly encourages recitation of Our Lady’s Rosary and features beautiful prayers to assist in one’s prayer life as well as publicizing special feasts and devotions in local parishes. Members have also been considering a pilgrimage to the shrine … Continue reading

CUF News – September/October 2003

What’s New at CUF CUF From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Emmaus road Gets a New Chief Regis Flaherty, a gifted writer from Pittsburgh, is the new editor-in-chief of Emmaus Road Publishing. Regis (or “Rege,” as he prefers to be called) brings to his new position almost 30 years of experience with Catholic organizations. In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Rege said: “I think part of the job of the Catholic editor is to pray for those who write and for those who read. The written word gives us a great opportunity to proclaim … Continue reading

CUF Profiles

Leon Suprenant CUF From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Married/Children: Married to Maureen for 12 years. Five children: Brenda, Mary Kate, Virginia, Abigail, and Samuel. Education: B.A. English, University of California-Davis; M.A. theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; J.D. with distinction, University of Missouri Law School, Kansas City. Occupation: President of Catholics United for the Faith. Favorite prayers: “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.” And of course, the Rosary. Favorite hymns: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Crown Him with Many Crowns. Patron saints: Pope St. Leo the Great; Pope Leo XIII (of happy memory); St. Joseph. Favorite Kansas City … Continue reading

Enter the Mystery: Pope John Paul II’s Practical Insights for Greater Devotion

Edward P. Sri From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine From secular news reports on CNN to jubilant announcements on Catholic websites, much of the immediate reaction to Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the Rosary centered on the new Mysteries of Light he recommended for our reflection. Little, however, was said about the rest of the document, which is just as fascinating. In Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM), Pope John Paul II shares his heart with the world and offers a powerful, personal reflection on the importance of the Rosary in his own life. He reminds us … Continue reading

In Brief – September/October 2003

Current Issues CUF From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for September and October of 2003: September That countries suffering because of war, terrorism, and violence may find reconciliation, concord, and peace. That the Christian communities of Central Asia, who live among people of other religious traditions, may be committed to spreading the good news of the kingdom through the active testimony of their faith. October That young people may follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life with generous enthusiasm and … Continue reading

Let There Be Light

At a Glance Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As the youngest of 14 children, I have much to be grateful for, including the fact that my parents didn’t have the good sense to stop at 13! Yet, even though I was raised in a large, Catholic family and received 12 years of Catholic schooling, I left the Church as an undergraduate and didn’t come back until I was in my 20s. My newly rediscovered love for Christ not only led me to study His teaching, but also to take a fresh look … Continue reading

On Borrowing Forms of Meditation from Eastern Religions

CUF From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: Should Christians look to non-Christian methods of meditation to draw closer to God? What are the more popular non-Christian methods of today? Can the Church’s tradition meet the spiritual needs of those looking to non-Christian methods? Response: The Church acknowledges the usefulness of some elements of meditation found in non-Christian religions, provided that these elements be renewed or redefined by the Catholic faith. The Church’s basic understanding of Christian prayer must not be expanded to incorporate non-Christian elements. Discussion: Prayer is the elevation of the mind and heart to … Continue reading

The Battle of the Bond: The Rosary or Contraception?

John Pacheco and Pete Vere From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father often speaks about the contemporary battle between the culture of life and the culture of death. Nowhere is this cultural battle more pronounced than with regard to the institution of marriage. Undoubtedly, artificial birth control is the weapon of choice for the culture of death. It undermines the self-sacrifice that marriage entails and it undermines both the unitive and the procreative functions of the conjugal act. In short, contracepting couples never become one—either in spirit or in the flesh. In his letter, Familiaris … Continue reading

The Luminous Mysteries for Families

Fr. Charles M. Mangan From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In his October 16, 2002 apostolic letter entitled Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary), Pope John Paul II writes that the Holy Rosary, which he identifies as his “favorite prayer” (no. 2), is “based on the constant contemplation—in Mary’s company—of the Face of Christ” (no. 15). The Successor of St. Peter has presented us with the five new Mysteries of Light (“Luminous Mysteries”) that highlight several events from the public life of Jesus, from the period beginning with His Baptism in the Jordan River … Continue reading

Wisdom For Today

How to Pray the Rosary Fr. Andrew McNair, L.C. From the Sep/Oct 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Everyone loves my mom’s best friend Gloria Harrison. We all called her “Glow.” The name suited her well, because she was always glowing with a smile. When my brother and I were kids, we would go over to Glow’s house to play with her kids. I recall one day sitting at Glow’s kitchen table enjoying a cold glass of milk and munching on some homemade chocolate chip cookies. At one point, Glow looked at me and asked, “What do you want to … Continue reading