Lay Witness Magazine

1999: The Year of the Father

Jeff Ziegler From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine On Saturday evening, November 28, the Church began her new liturgical year with the celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. Pope John Paul II has dedicated this liturgical year, “the third and final year of preparation”[1] for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, to the Person of God the Father. In some circles, God the Father is even more unpopular than our much maligned Holy Father. A Swedish feminist writes: “If a woman is really to be at peace with herself, she has to … Continue reading

A Higher Standard – January/February 1999

CUF From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. —Jn. 15:13 If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of wages, . . . we resemble mercenaries. Finally, if we obey for the sake of the good itself and out of love for Him who commands . . . we are in the position of children. —St. Basil Merciful love also means the cordial tenderness and sensitivity … Continue reading

An Irresitable Invitation

Sr. Miriam Uecker From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The story of how a young, engaged oncology nurse ended up with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and how Catholics United for the Faith played a pivotal role in the discovery of her religious vocation. I never cease to be amazed at all the different people that the Father will use to enable us to fulfill His holy will. No matter how different each person’s vocation story may be, each one is filled with wonderful reminders of God’s ability to “write straight with a crooked … Continue reading

Be Not Afraid: The Bishop as a Messenger of Hope

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput From the Jan/Feb 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 of the bishop in the life of the Church. Things fall apart; … Continue reading

Book Reviews – January/February 1999

James Likoudis From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Loving the Church by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn reviewed by James Likoudis Ignatius Press, 1998. It was the ringing cry of Pope Paul VI— “Where is the love for the Church?”—that left an indelible impression on the life and work of the founder of Catholics United for the Faith, H. Lyman Stebbins. In these beautiful meditations on the Church, Cardinal Schönborn manifests his own deep love of the Church, thereby bearing witness to the richness of Catholic Tradition regarding the mystery of the Church founded by Our Lord. Dedicated to … Continue reading

Chapter News – January/February 1999

CUF From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine St. Paul, MN. CUF executive director Leon Suprenant was pleased to meet with officers and members of St. Thomas More Chapter, St. Paul, MN, and Christ the King Chapter, New Richmond/Hudson, WI, in October. He spoke on “Lay Evangelization,” emphasizing magisterial teaching and the “primary need to be evangelized ourselves” (“the renewal of our hearts” as found in the CUF prayer). There was much interest manifested in FOCUS (p. 10) and an exchange of views on how to attract younger Catholics to the CUF apostolate. Leon also had the wonderful … Continue reading

Choose Life – January/February 1999

Excerpts from the Pope’s October 2, 1998 address to U.S. bishops from California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Pope John Paul II From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We are coming to the end of a century which began with confidence in humanity’s prospects of almost unlimited progress, but which is now ending in widespread fear and moral confusion. If we want a springtime of the human spirit, we must rediscover the foundations of hope. Society must learn to embrace once more the great gift of life, to cherish, protect, and defend it against the culture of death, itself … Continue reading

Experts in Love and Bridges of Unity

Genevieve S. Kineke From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In our age, there is a deep-seated lie concerning human sexuality and the nuptial meaning of the body. This battle is crippling the family, and since women are the heart of the family—placing them “at the heart of the heart of civilization” so to speak—they are, whether they like it or not, on the front lines. For this reason, the brunt of the assault has been aimed at the very essence of this mystery—at motherhood. Ultimately, the silver lining to this cloud will be a deeper understanding of … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – January/February 1999

Fellowship of Catholic University Students FOCUS From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Answer the Questioner Last August, FOCUS was launched for the first time on a state campus, the University of Northern Colorado. Working at a secular campus has its joys and its challenges. Among the Catholic students, few are active in their local parishes, and an even smaller percentage have sufficient knowledge of the faith. From our standpoint, we don’t have to deal with the woes of “preaching to the choir.” It’s so exciting to see a student’s reaction when you explain simple truths like, “When … Continue reading

In Brief – January/February 1999

Current News and Events CUF From the Jan/Feb 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for January and February of 1999: January That during this year dedicated to God the Father, believers learn to open confidently their hearts to God as children confide in their father and mother. That men and women throughout the world may open their hearts to God the Father and become more united among themselves. February That the weakest among us, especially those suffering from terminal sickness, may be safeguarded from … Continue reading