Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – July/August 1999

CUF From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy. —1 Corinthians 7:14 The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine “genius” which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations; she gives thanks for all the charisms which the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God, for all the victories which she … Continue reading

Biblical Models for Women

Stacy Mitch From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine There is an old Christian pop song that has a line something like, “If the Bible were being written today, I want to be a man God would write about.” I have often prayed that God would make me the kind of woman He would write about. The women in the Bible, like the Church’s saints, teach us how to follow Jesus. While Mary, the Mother of Jesus, exemplifies all virtue as the perfect model for women, there are other women in Scripture who are good role models for … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 1999

Jeff Ziegler and Helen Valois From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Real Choices: Listening to Women; Looking for Alternatives to Abortion by Frederica Mathewes-Green reviewed by Jeff Ziegler Conciliar Press, 1997. Why do women have abortions? Frederica Mathewes-Green, a former pro-abortion feminist and founding member of Feminists for Life, wanted to know the answers. She traveled to seven cities to listen to 36 women who had aborted their children and who later came to regret their decisions. Between the chapters that relate the women’s stories, Mathewes- Green reflects upon cultural trends that influence women to have abortions … Continue reading

Called to Mission

Sr. Andrea D’Angiolillo From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I never wanted to be a nun. It wasn’t that I was opposed to it. I had actually become very accustomed to nuns throughout my 16 years of Catholic education, but the religious life simply had never crossed my mind. I knew, however, from a very young age what I did want to be—I was going to be a missionary. My earliest recollection of a “calling” in life was to the foreign missions. Every year the priest from the Propagation of the Faith office visited my grammar school … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 1999

Hearing Christ Today CUF From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Fairbault, MN. Dan Milbert, chairman of St. Peter the Rock Chapter, beautifully summarizes the efforts of local CUF members: “Studying and understanding the faith, leading to fervent prayer and appropriate action—is what CUF is about. Today we hear a multitude of voices in and around the Church calling us to leave orthodoxy by jumping out of the Barque of Peter either off the left or right gunwale. Then you have the voices of ‘false moderation’— as distinct from true moderation, which is orthodoxy—which seek compromise and hybridization … Continue reading

Contraception and the Trivialization of Sex

Donald DeMarco From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The experience of fragmentation has shaped the artistic and moral sensibility of our age. World Wars I and II, and all the innumerable regional wars that followed, have brought to modern consciousness a world that has been shattered and ripped to pieces. Order has yielded to disorder, continuity has been replaced by discontinuity, cosmos has given way to chaos. We now live in the atomic age, the age of anxiety, a post-Christian world in which God is presumed to be dead. Families are uprooted, industrialized labor is piecemeal, ethics … Continue reading

Defending the Truth: My Encounter with Call to Action and Future Church

David W. Swan From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine While reading the Saturday paper, I came across a promotion of a Call to Action meeting. The guest speaker was Sr. Chris Schenk, and the title of her talk was “Shortage of Priests or Shortage of Vision?” I had heard that Call to Action was a radical group within the Catholic Church, and I felt a call to attend the meeting, listen respectfully, and then voice an opposing view, if appropriate. I recruited a friend of mine to go with me and help offer an orthodox Catholic perspective. … Continue reading

FOCUS Update

Fellowship Of Catholic University Students FOCUS From the Jul/Aug 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 Choosing the Lord of Life Being a cradle-Catholic, I had heard the parable of the sower (Lk. 8:4-15) many times at Mass on Sundays as I was growing up. Until recently, however, I never knew how relevant this parable is as … Continue reading

In Brief – July/August 1999

Current News and Events CUF From the Jul/Aug 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for July and August of 1999: July That Christians, through hospitality, especially to their immigrant brothers and sisters, may actively bear witness to the love of God the Father for us all. That the awareness of their missionary role assert itself in the new movements and apostolic organizations in the Church. August That, from generation to generation, the children of God the Father may praise and give thanks to the … Continue reading

Keys to the Kingdom: Jesus Builds the Church on Solid Rock

Edward P. Sri From the Jul/Aug 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 seventh installment. If you ever have the chance to visit the Vatican, go to the center of St. Peter’s Basilica and just look up. You can’t miss it. Some of the most important words Jesus ever spoke will stare down at you. Encircling the base … Continue reading