Lay Witness Magazine

A Cardinal Virtue

An installment of the regular “HeartBeat” series Donald DeMarco From the Sep/Oct 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 … Continue reading

Book Reviews – September/October 2005

“Revolution of Love,” “The Rise of Benedict XVI,” “Thomas Aquinas and the Liturgy,” and more Various From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine A Revolution of Love The Meaning of Mother Teresa by David Scott reviewed by Elizabeth Thecla Mauro Loyola, 2005. Although it is a fast read, A Revolution of Love: The Meaning of Mother Teresa nevertheless packs a surprising punch, particularly when quoting Mother Teresa herself. We have all heard her most widely quoted remark, so suited to soundbites and bumper stickers—“Do something small and beautiful for God”—but to read Mother Teresa more extensively, as the … Continue reading

Catholic Quiz – On Joy

CUF From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Webster defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune.” That’s not bad, but it’s not the whole story. This issue’s quiz tests our readers’ knowledge of what Scripture, the Catechism, and the saints have had to say on the topic. 1. Who wrote the following: “The soul of one who loves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and it is always in a mood for singing”? a. St. Philip Neri b. St. John of the Cross c. Maria von Trapp d. Bl. Teresa of … Continue reading

Catholicity and the Unity of the Church

An exerpt taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s homily for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The feast of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul is at once a grateful memorial of great witnesses of Jesus Christ and a solemn confession in favor of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. It is above all a feast of catholicity. The sign of Pentecost—the new community that speaks in all tongues and unites all peoples in one people, in one family of God—became a reality. … Continue reading

Chapter News – September/October 2005

CUF Members at Work CUF From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Northeast Flycreek, NY.Martha Wenner, chairman of the St. Francis of Assisi Chapter, writes that the chapter has enjoyed several lively discussions concerning the recent election of Pope Benedict XVI, the Church’s teaching about Limbo, and the practice of women wearing veils at Mass. For these latter two topics, articles from Fr. Robert Fox’s publication Immaculate Heart Messenger were used as a reference. Members of the chapter have recently made available St. Benedict medals as well as a five-fold scapular to encourage devotion to Our Lady. Also, … Continue reading

CUF News – September/October 2005

Sharing the Faith CUF From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Defending the Faith More than 1,500 people were in attendance at this year’s Defending the Faith Conference, which was held in Steubenville, Ohio on July 29-31. Speakers included CUF president Leon Suprenant and Dr. Scott Hahn, chairman of CUF’s board. Also giving presentations were CUF advisory council members Marcus Grodi and Jeff Cavins as well as Lay Witness contributors Dr. Ronda Chervin, Kimberly Hahn, and Dr. Regis Martin. The conference, which is now in its 14th year, has as its goal the training of both laity and … Continue reading

Embracing the Cross – A Joyful Imitation of Christ

Emily Stimpson From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The gravel was loud beneath my tires. Loud, but familiar. Almost there. My heart beat faster. What would I say? What could I say? I slowed the car. I was in no hurry this time. “Help me, Brad,” I prayed. “Help me say the right things. Don’t let me say anything that will bring them more pain.” It had been three weeks since Brad Fallon’s death. This would be my first visit to the house since the funeral. As the house came into view, my mind wandered back to … Continue reading

Everybody Loves Raymond

At A Glance Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Last October, our Tucson CUF chapter underwent a name change, taking as its new patron the recently canonized St. Gianna Beretta Molla. All this took place in the context of a regional conference cosponsored by the chapter. At the Friday night banquet, I was privileged to introduce the keynote speaker, Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis. Even though the presidential election was only a week away, Archbishop Burke was not there to talk about the role of Catholics in political life, much less who … Continue reading

Faith Fact – Christian Joy

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Finding Joy in the Darkest Night

David Scott From the Sep/Oct 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It had been a long day, and Fr. Andrew M. Greeley was frustrated and grouchy as he climbed into a hot cab with Mother Teresa. More than 30 years later, he still remembers their hour-long ride through southern Ohio. “She was the happiest human being I had ever met,” he recalled when she died in 1997. Mother Teresa, now known as Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, might have been one of the most joyful people who ever lived. No other saint spoke or wrote as much about smiling as Mother … Continue reading