Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – July/August 2000

Various From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It may happen that a mere smile, a short visit, the lighting of a lamp, writing a letter for a blind man, carrying a bucket of charcoal, offering a pair of sandals, reading the newspaper for someone-something small, very small-may, in fact, be our love for God in action. -Mother Teresa Goodness and kindness are the first and fundamental condition for peace, in the life of a community as in the life of the individual. -Pope John Paul II Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 2000

Various From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Hidden Power of Kindness A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World One Deed at a Time by Lawrence G. Lovasik reviewed by Helen M. Valois Sophia Institute Press, 1999. At first glance, the topic of Fr. Lovasik’s old book (newly reprinted by Sophia Institute Press) seems a bit insipid. It brings to mind bouquets of daisies and slow-motion commercials. One wonders if it is a long version of the type of homily that equates Christianity with smiling at checkout persons. Maybe it was okay to … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2000

Promoting the Faith CUF From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Abilene, TX. At one of the recent meetings of the Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Chapter, members participated in an evangelization workshop followed by a discussion on matters affecting the Church. They have also been encouraging people to join them in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament held in local parishes. Rogers City, MI. Chairman Kathy Hollabaugh of our St. John Vianney Chapter writes that the chapter continues to meet regularly and notes with pride how the members of this small chapter give such warm spiritual support and … Continue reading

Dispelling the Myths of NFP: Good News for Young Adults

Mary Lee Dey From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Back in the 60s, couples who used the rhythm method of natural family planning (NFP) were the butt of cruel jokes. The jokes ran like this: John’s a musician. He has rhythm. He sleeps in the garage! However, by the 90s, most Catholics ignored NFP and never had a heart-to-heart talk with their offspring about it. Never assume-or desire-that young people learn absolutely everything they need to know about this issue in a particular religious education program. The Church emphasizes that parents are the primary teachers. Without a … Continue reading

Dr. Laura and the Gospel of Stuckness: Morality Without Supernatural Grace?

Helen Valois From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine By now, a great many people are familiar with Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the popular radio talk show host whose tough-love message and militant moralism are daily recruiting a larger audience. Granted, her gutter talk (designed as a rude awakening for certain callers about the ugly reality of what they’re doing) is incompatible with her basic family-friendly stance. Granted, her moral message itself leaves something to be desired, especially where the questions of divorce and homosexuality are concerned. (Even her compromised stance on homosexuality is strong enough to draw fire … Continue reading

Forgive and Forgiveness

Pope Speaks His Holiness Pope John Paul II From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Following, in condensed form, is the Holy Father’s homily of March 12, 2000, the First Sunday of Lent, given in St. Peter’s Basilica. “We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:20-21). These are words of St. Paul which the Church rereads every year on Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of Lent. In the … Continue reading

Freedom and Truth

Behold the Man:The Philosophy of Pope John Paul II John F. Crosby From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine John F. Crosby is the chairman of the Philosophy Department at  Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Crosby is also a member of CUF’s board of directors. “Behold the Man” is a ten-part series on the personalist philosophy of Pope John Paul II. This is the sixth installment. We live as persons by acting through ourselves in freedom: This is the aspect of Pope John Paul II’s personalism that we examined in the last installment. John Paul also teaches that … Continue reading

Fruits of the Same Tree: Abortion as an Extension of Contraceptives Technology

Fr. Paul N. Check From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In a cover story for The New York Times Magazine (July 11, 1999), Margaret Talbot expressed her hope that the abortion pill called “RU- 486” would make abortion more acceptable, since chemical abortion is “more discreet” than its surgical counterpart. RU-486 can produce an abortion earlier in pregnancy than a surgical intervention can, and the procedure does not necessarily call for a visit to an abortion clinic. So this method is less visible than the current practice and, to the Times writer, represents a step forward in … Continue reading

In Brief – July/August 2000

CUF From the Jul/Aug 2000 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 2000: July That the followers of the various religions may grow in mutual respect for justice and peace. That all those who are tried by sickness and loneliness may offer their suffering with Christ for the conversion of the world. August That all young Christians may unite in testifying that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God come to dwell among us. That the Churches of Oceania may work … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor

Various From the Jul/Aug 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Evangelizing the Masses Dear Editor, Belated greetings from down under! It is several months since anyone has heard anything of CUF Australia. With the resignation last August of national director Andrew Shaw, the national committee was dissolved. Now a new national committee has been formed in Melbourne. I am the national director, with longtime member Don Cornelius as secretary and Fransesco Scalzo as treasurer. The most urgent task is to reestablish CUF in Australia, and this is currently under way. Another major priority is to add our shoulder to the … Continue reading