Lay Witness Magazine

Table of Contents: April 2001

All Things to All Men

by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. When it comes to sharing our Catholic faith with those around us, we encounter a wide range of people. Some people don’t want to discuss religion at all, or are openly hostile to Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular. All of the great world religions and philosophical traditions are represented to some extent in our country, as are some more offbeat, contemporary ones. There are now over 20,000 Christian Protestant denominations, each with its own subtle and not-so-subtle differences. Even within the Catholic Church, which at last count has more than 60 million members … Continue reading

In Brief…

The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for April and May 2001: April That consecrated people, answering the call of their particular vocation, may radiate the spirit of the Gospel beatitudes in the present-day world. That in Rwanda the recently celebrated centennial of the Church may reinforce Christian brotherhood and speed national reconciliation. May That refugee women, supported and respected, may find the strength to overcome the violence and suffering to which they are subjected. That the challenge of present-day urban culture may kindle in believers a new missionary ardor in … Continue reading

Rejoice and Enter

by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin As we approach the celebration of Easter, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare to receive the sacraments of the Church and become a member of our Catholic family. I’d like to share with you a few thoughts about the Church you are about to join. What kind of Church will you find when you enter our door? Well, first of all, you will find a Church that is thoroughly human, because its members are thoroughly human. Sometimes we fail to live as we ought; we sin as individuals and stumble as … Continue reading

Seeing Is Believing

by Sean Innerst The Easter season is, of course, the highest point of the liturgical year. That is because it recalls the single most important event in salvation history—the Resurrection. The risen Christ is always at the center of our worship, but especially so in this season. The Lectionary readings for the season focus as much on the Church’s response to the risen Lord as on the Lord Himself. This points to an important element in this series on the Sunday readings for Mass. Christ, whom we’ve identified as the principle, cause, and end of salvation history, and the interpretive … Continue reading