Lay Witness Magazine

A Mother’s Heart for Art

by Laurie Manhardt The lovely woman with the curly blond hair and blue eyes cradled her infant daughter, who had a patch over one eye. “Emily needs surgery to remove a corneal dermoid,” she explained to the other women at the Bible study. “The doctor expects an opaque scar from a donor graft, but I’m going to anoint her eye with holy water from Lourdes and pray.” Melissa Dayton invited the women to pray with her. To the doctor’s surprise, after surgery the eye was crystal clear. Photographs of Emily’s eye remain in medical textbooks, and the teenager has perfectly … Continue reading

A Parable of Mercy

an excerpt from Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI by Robert Stackpole, S.T.D. Click here to read Lay Witness’s interview with Robert Stackpole. With My mercy, I pursue sinners along all their paths, and My Heart rejoices when they return to Me. I forget all the bitterness with which they fed My Heart and rejoice in their return. . . . What joy fills My Heart when you return to Me. Because you are weak, I take you in My arms and carry you to the home of My Father. —Christ’s words to St. Faustina Diary of … Continue reading

A Voice of Truth in the Darkeness

by Caroline Cho Centuries ago, the Gospel spread across the world through the works of brave missionary priests who traveled thousands of miles by land and sea to convert the souls of the unbelievers and the uninformed. In modern times, Christ’s message of hope and love can reach millions of people globally through the power of the media and the Internet. Unfortunately, with the rising trends of secularism and relativism, the mainstream media often veer away from the Christian viewpoint. But as Fr. Jonathan Morris of FOX News knows, those who would desire to use the media to reach the … Continue reading

A Woman for All Vocations

by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle Can a woman like me aspire to emulate such an amazing woman—the Virgin Mother of God, the first disciple, the matriarch of the Holy Family, and the Mother of the Church? Recalling instances in Mary’s life, we call to mind her gentleness, humility, holiness, perseverance, selflessness, and unwavering faith. I ask myself this because I know I will never accomplish what our Blessed Mother has, or even come close to her holiness. Yet all women are called to holiness—whether in the sublime role of raising children, as a wife, as a single woman, or as a … Continue reading

Abortion and the Myth of Secular Reason

by James D. Madden The argument employed by those who oppose abortion, what I call the basic pro-life argument, has the virtue of simplicity: (1) All cases of intentionally killing innocent human beings are morally impermissible. (2) Abortion is an instance of intentionally killing an innocent human being. (3) Therefore, abortion is morally impermissible. This basic pro-life argument is most certainly valid from a logical standpoint: If it really is wrong to kill an innocent human being intentionally, and if abortion is such an act, then the laws of logic tell us that abortion is wrong. Moreover, it is important … Continue reading

All in the Family – Christians, Jews, and God

by Michael Forrest and David Palm Appendix Selected Bibliography Since the days of Cain and Abel, a tragic pattern of fraternal conflict and strife has been repeated throughout salvation history. Unfortunately, the relationship between the children of Israel who do not accept Jesus as the Messiah (rabbinic Jews) and those children of Israel who do accept Him (Christians) has been no exception to the familial rule. In the early years, when those who did not accept Jesus were in the relative position of power, they sometimes severely persecuted the Christians (cf. Acts 8:1–3, Acts 12). According to Fr. Edward Flannery, … Continue reading

All in the Family – Three Myths about Large Families

by Gerald Korson Like most parents of larger families, my wife and I are familiar with many of the assumptions people make regarding what it takes to raise a family like ours and how such families cause harm to our planet and to the children themselves. While these assumptions are too many to treat exhaustively here, I will address three of these most common myths. Myth #1: Large families are bad for the environment. This statement and others like it are, perhaps, the most commonly heard arguments against large families. They are also among the easiest to refute. Last spring, … Continue reading

Apostle to the Gentiles: God Surpasses Paul’s Expectations—and Ours

by Scott Hahn Trained as a Pharisee, young Saul of Tarsus knew well the expectations of his people. Saul studied in Jerusalem under Rabbi Gamaliel the Great, the most renowned scholar of his time. A normal part of Saul’s education would be to ponder deeply the books of the prophets. So Saul knew the promises God had made to His chosen people, and he knew that God would be faithful. Thus, like many Jews of the first century, Saul waited with longing for the promised Messiah, God’s anointed deliverer. The Messiah would deliver Israel from its bondage and oppression. The … 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

Catholics and Healthcare Reform – An Interview with Bishop Robert F. Vasa

In late October, Bishop Vasa sat down with Mike Sullivan to talk about healthcare. The two were attending the Catholic Medical Association’s annual conference; Bishop Vasa is the episcopal advisor for the CMA. Following the interview, Bishop Vasa added, “I was asked what the most critical issues were, and while the issues I have touched on are certainly identified as the most critical, they are not by any means the only issues. Others include a faithful application of the Church social teaching, which the House bill does not necessarily properly represent, as well as the principle of subsidiarity. I know … Continue reading