Lay Witness Magazine

Table of Contents: December 1999

A Higher Standard

CUF From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:10-11). The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Savior; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus … Continue reading

A Season of Hope: Jubilee Year 2000

CUF From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: What is the significance of the Jubilee Year 2000? How can I participate in the special graces given during this time? Response: The third millennium is a season of hope for all men seeking peace in God’s plan. We can participate in the special graces given during this time if we remain docile to the working of the Holy Spirit and enter fully into the life of the Church. In his Bull of Indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, Pope John Paul II outlines how we … Continue reading

Book Reviews – December 1999

Various From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Springtime of Evangelization by Pope John Paul II reviewed by James Likoudis Basilica Press, 1999. Springtime of Evangelization is a golden book to be read and meditated upon often, as it gives the Holy Father’s thought and direction for the future of the Church in the United States. It is a collection of 13 addresses given to various groups of bishops on their ad limina visits to the See of Peter last year. This book offers inspiration to bishops, priests, consecrated religious, and laity who are increasingly confronted with a … Continue reading

Called to Be a Saint

Danny Abramowicz Is Persistent on and off the Field Molly Mulqueen From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Danny Abramowicz’ life is full of stories of persistence. One of the most remarkable happened over 30 years ago, at the very beginning of his professional football career. Danny grew up in Steubenville, Ohio, and played college football at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He was a 17th-round draft pick in 1967 for the New Orleans Saints in their inaugural year in the National Football League. He was not expected to make the team-he even described himself as “an inch too … Continue reading

Climax of the Cross: Jesus Kingdom Builder

Edward P. Sri From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Edward P. Sri is a professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and a regional coordinator for the Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). “Jesus, Kingdom Builder” is an 11-part study of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. This is the eleventh and final installment. The entire study, called Mystery of the Kingdom, will be available next month from Emmaus Road Publishing. For more information, call (800) 398-5470. Roman crucifixion was a horrendous way to die. It didn’t just bring a criminal to his death, but … Continue reading

FOCUS Update

Testimonies CUF From the Dec 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 FOCUS 2204 11th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 353-7015 email: Greetings from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas! The first weeks of school have been packed with activity as Ted and Beth Sri, Joe Wurtz, and I gear up for … Continue reading

God’s Abundant Mercy

Chapter News CUF From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine New Zealand. Melda Townsley, director of CUF-New Zealand, writes that our chapters there have been circulating back issues of Lay Witness, which have served as helpful resources for prayer, personal contemplation, and homilies. Members of St. Thomas More Chapter in “Windy” Wellington have been doing very good work in supplying-as far as their funds permit- good catechetical texts and videos to schools to supplement texts that are “thin” on doctrine. Phoenix, AZ. Chairman Joe Haley of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Chapter received a letter from Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien … Continue reading

Home Improvements: Renovating All Things in Christ

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Renovate,” according to my Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, means “to make new, to restore to life.” And “renovate” was just what our nearly 50-year-old home needed. To begin with, there were trees in need of trimming and a roof that leaked badly as a result of a previous storm and wind damage. Our windows and screens needed attention, as did the sagging brick planter in the front of the house. But then I surmised, “As long as we’re giving it a ‘face lift’ on the outside, why … Continue reading

In Brief – December 1999

CUF From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for December 1999 and January 2000: December That in the Year 2000, the proclamation of the Good News: “A Savior has been born to us; He is Christ the Lord,” may ring out with renewed strength. That diocesan priests welcome the ever-insistent call to Fidei donum missionary service. January Communion and reciprocal respect among Christians. Growing communion and reciprocal respect among Christians worldwide. The spread of the peace of Christmas to the hearts of … Continue reading

Jubilee Now

From the President Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Dec 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine With all the excitement about “Y2K” in the secular world and the “Great Jubilee of the Year 2000” in the Church, it’s very easy to get distracted. What’s going to happen on January 1 (besides the Rose Parade and bowl games)? Are my things “Y2K compliant”? Is Jesus coming back now? In the face of these and other questions, it’s important to get back to basics. The starting point of our Christian faith is the Incarnation. This is the remarkable story of God seeking … Continue reading