Lay Witness Magazine

Ask CUF: What Should I Tell a Friend whose Health is an Obstacle to Pregnancy?

After multiple C-sections and now risking uterine rupture, my friend’s doctors tell her it is not safe for her to be pregnant again. She is greatly concerned about the possibility of future pregnancies with Natural Family Planning (NFP) and wants to know what options she has as a faithful Catholic. What the Church teaches is fairly clear, but it must be presented in a way that is accessible to the friend. The questioner should see how her friend is thinking, identify possible impediments and find some good to build on. For example, it is noteworthy that in seeking her options, … Continue reading

Blessed Peter To Rot: Defender of Marriage

Michael J. Miller From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “By virtue of the covenant of married life, the man and woman ‘are no longer two but one flesh’ and they are called to grow continually in their communion through day-to-day fidelity to their marriage promise of total, mutual self-giving…. Such a communion is radically contradicted by polygamy: this, in fact, directly negates the plan of God which was revealed from the beginning, because it is contrary to the equal personal dignity of men and women who in matrimony give themselves with a love that is total and … Continue reading

Book Reviews – January/February 2011

Various Authors From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy by George Weigel (Doubleday, 2010) Karol Wojtyla was “a man of integrity” with an “unusual combination of intellectual qualities with those of an active, practical, and organized man.” This assessment from George Weigel’s The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy is not a personal memory from the author, nor a tribute from a fellow churchman. It comes from an intelligence file on … Continue reading

Choosing Love and Making Life – Sex, Love, Marriage & the Culture of Death

David Mills From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I do not think many of those who argue so hard for abortion really like the idea of killing the unborn, though there are some, particularly among the sad, suffering fringes of radical feminism, whose hatred of life is so deep that it drives them to something near nihilism. The culture of death begins not in a love of death but in a culture of pseudo-life: in the desire for life and its fruits, but life sought in the wrong ways and usually with the wrong people. In particular, … Continue reading

Hurricane News

Sally Thomas From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The children were listening to the radio. In those days, we listened to the radio a lot. Public radio, I thought, gave us a daily dose of culture, and we didn’t have to pay for it. So every hot September morning, to calm the kids down at the start of our home schooling day, I turned on the classical music and let it play in the background while we worked. To the south of us, hurricane season was happening. As a science project my six-year-old was tracking the progress … Continue reading

I am Not Gay . . . I am David

David Prosen From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Are people born “gay” or do they choose to be gay? The answer to both questions is no—although in many passionate debates generated by this topic, we are quick to dismiss objectivity. In reality, these questions provide a smoke screen to a much bigger problem that is pervasive in our society, in religious circles, politics, and clinical settings. The problem I speak of is the idea that homosexuality is an identity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that every individual must “acknowledge and accept his sexual identity” (no. … Continue reading

Looking at a Masterpiece: The Deliverance of St. Peter

This 1514 fresco by the great Renaissance artist, Raphael Sanzio, decorates the wall in a half-moon over a doorway in one of the “Stanze di Raffaello” (Rooms of Raphael) in the Vatican. It illustrates the story of St. Peter’s deliverance by an angel as recounted in the New Testament (Acts 12:3-11). The Renaissance brought into Christian culture a renewed awareness of the beauty of Roman and Greek antiquity, and with it a new flowering of humanism. It was thus to some extent the counterpart in art to what had been taking place for centuries in Christian thought—significantly influenced by the … Continue reading

Looking the Grim Reaper in the Eye

Regis Flaherty From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Pain and disease can paralyze one as a human being. They can shatter one to pieces, not only physically, but psychologically and spiritually. However, they can also smash down complacency and spiritual lethargy and lead one to find oneself for the first time.” —Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1988, pg. 95. ) His skin was jaundiced, a sign of advanced cirrhosis of the liver due to years of alcohol abuse. His body was a shell of his former self, … Continue reading

Master Catechist: The Magna Carta of Women’s Rights

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., with Michael Mohr From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Servant of God Fr. John Hardon was tireless in his effort to bring the truth of the Catholic faith to all walks of life. In this article he reminds us of the dignity of women in the context of sacramental marriage, a covenant between three persons: husband, wife, and Creator. Christian marriage is nothing less than a life-long commitment to selfless love in which the rights of women (and men too) become actualized, thrive, and enhance the nurturing climate of true freedom.—Michael Mohr … Continue reading

Open Mike: Really Living, Really Dying

Mike Sullivan From the Jan/Feb 2011 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My late grandmother—Grandma Sarge, as we used to call her— earned her severe nickname by resembling a drill-sergeant, but she was truly a good-natured woman who suffered much but bore it all with a great sense of humor and an even greater faith. Grandma Sarge had to be a drill sergeant. My dad and his brothers were a wild crew who enjoyed giving their mother and sister a hard time. But more than this, she raised her four kids alone. My grandfather left her soon after their fourth child … Continue reading