Lay Witness Magazine

A Father’s Love

From the President Curtis Martin From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Church has always had her enemies, sometimes even from within. Recently, I saw a tragic example of just how ugly sin can be. Our parish church was desecrated. Some people broke in late at night and did their best to destroy all of the sacred objects within our beautiful parish church. Worst of all, the intruders broke into the tabernacle and desecrated the body of Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. It is difficult to describe the emotions you feel when something you hold … Continue reading

A Great Exchange

Sr. Mary Virginia. S.J.W. From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Although I was raised in a Catholic family, the youngest of five children, I never thought of a religious vocation while I was growing up. My goals as a teenager were to attend college and then get a good job. As a teenager and young adult, attending Church was something I did out of habit, vaguely aware that it was somehow important. My religious beliefs had very little impact on my lifestyle. While I was still in high school, my older brother Jim announced he would begin … Continue reading

A Higher Standard – April 1999

CUF From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury. The recollection of an injury is in itself wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin, and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow and poison for the soul. It puts all virtue to flight. -St. Francis of Paola The parable of the prodigal son expresses in a simple but profound way the reality of conversion. Conversion is the most concrete expression of the working of love and the presence of mercy in the … Continue reading

Authority, Service, and Communion

The Ministry of the Bishop in Relation to the Blessed Trinity Most Rev. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The topic assigned by His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Tenth Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops is “The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World.” This synod will take place during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. In keeping with the Holy Father’s theme, Lay Witness is devoting this regular column in 1999 to guest articles by American bishops that address the vital role … Continue reading

Book Reviews – April 1999

Various From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Architecture in Communion Implementing the Second Vatican Council Through Liturgy and Architecture by Steven J. Schloeder reviewed by Michael D. Hull Ignatius Press, 1998. Nowhere is the spiritual and artistic poverty of our century more readily evident than in the buildings we have erected and will leave standing for future generations. Great angular blocks of concrete, steel, and glass sully the skylines of cities all over our civilized world. Our buildings speak of the here and now, the functional and the useful. Our buildings speak of us, too. Ours is … Continue reading

Chapter News – April 1999

Opening the Catechism CUF From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine San Fernando Valley, CA. Study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church remains the major activity of Credo Veritatem Chapter. Members have been discussing the seven sacraments of the Church, beginning with Baptism. Secretary Gretchen Desautels also reports that the chapter recently wrote all CUF members within a 100-mile radius to encourage attendance at chapter meetings. The chapter also publicized and supported an ecumenical commitment to life conference that was held at Mission Hills, CA, with impressive speakers. Lima, OH. Holy Family Chapter is now on-line at … Continue reading

Focus Update – April 1999

CUF From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) trains college students so that they may know the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. FOCUS equips students to extend the lordship of Christ into every area of their lives. For more information, contact Curtis A. Martin, executive director 2204 11th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631 970-353-7015 email: Campus Life on the Rock It’s amazing what miracles happen when you simply act under obedience. When Archbishop Charles Chaput told me that he wanted FOCUS at the University of Northern Colorado … Continue reading

Francisco Marto: The Silent Seer of Fatima

Maria J. Cirurgiao From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Eighty years ago this month, a worried mother entered the bedroom of her sick little boy to check on him. It was 6:00 a.m., and he was awake. Seeing her, the boy murmured: “Look, Mother, by the door . . . shining light, very beautiful!” Perplexed, the mother tried to understand. Light, in that modest rural house where no electricity existed, was adequate only when the sun was high and the small windows were open. Otherwise, they used a flickering oil lamp. She looked, saw nothing, and turned … Continue reading

In Brief – April 1999

CUF From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for April and May of 1999: April That Christians fearlessly proclaim their faith in the risen Lord in their words and lives, and thus make their contribution to the construction of the civilization of love. That in Africa, so tried by tensions and violence, the Church may accomplish her mission of reconciliation, brotherhood, and peace. May That the young, creative and dynamic as they are, may become witnesses to the Word of Jesus, the … Continue reading

Journey to the Father’s House – April 1999

Pope Speaks His Holiness Pope John Paul II From the Apr 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The following is taken from Incarnationis Mysterium, the bull of indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, issued November 29, 1998. The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 is almost upon us. Ever since my first encyclical Redemptor Hominis, I have looked toward this occasion with the sole purpose of preparing everyone to be docile to the working of the Spirit. The event will be celebrated simultaneously in Rome and in all the particular Churches around the world, and it will … Continue reading