Lay Witness Magazine

In Brief

Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for July and August 2001: July That the Gospel may be read and lived in Christian families by parents and children, so that they may bear witness to the hope of Christ. That catechists and lay missionaries may not lack the necessary means for solid pastoral training. August That the awareness that only God is the master of human life may orientate the decisions of the legislators and leaders of nations. That the Church in China may be animated by the profound evangelical spirituality of … Continue reading

Nothing Ordinary About Ordinary Time

by Sean Innerst Therefore are feasts so seldom and so rare, Since, seldom coming, in the long year set Like stones of worth they thinly placed are, Or captain jewels in the carcanet. -William Shakespeare Sonnet 52 After the festal cycle of Lent-Easter-Pentecost, the Church settles into a long season of Sundays that are known by the unassuming title of “ordinary.” Not that there is nothing extraordinary about them. Rather, Sundays outside the major festal cycles are called “ordinary” only because they are designated by ordinal numbers. In this two-month period of July and August we will celebrate the 13th … Continue reading

Peace of Jerusalem

by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. I was different from many of my law school classmates in the early 1980s. I had no desire to become rich, nor was I interested in the power and prestige that accompanies a successful law practice. Rather, in my own naïve way, I wanted to help people. Issues such as poverty, injustice, racism, and nuclear arms were what motivated me. I even volunteered one summer with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office. In retrospect, I truly believe that the Lord blessed my sincere desire to defend the “underdog” and used this as the means … Continue reading

Rocky Mountain Way Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

by Molly Mulqueen Colorado has always been mission territory. In fact, a Franciscan friar from Spain, Domingo de Anza, is said to have established the first mission in Colorado in 1706. Nearly 300 years later, another Franciscan is preaching the good news to the people of Colorado with all the vigor of a missionary. Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., has served the Archdiocese of Denver since 1997, and has worked tirelessly toward the Holy Father’s goal of a “new evangelization” of America. Under Archbishop Chaput’s leadership, Denver has made great strides toward that goal with a myriad of … Continue reading

Social Doctrine and Pope John Paul II

by Bishop Gilbert I. Sheldon Without a doubt, our present Holy Father is the most prolific writer of the modern era. From his pen have come a stream of apostolic letters, encyclicals, messages, and statements on a wide range of subjects from matters of Catholic doctrine to current world events. We would expect them to include among them some statements on social doctrine, following the example of his immediate predecessors. We are not disappointed. As of this writing, Pope John Paul II has given us no less than three such encyclicals: Laborem Exercens (On Human Work, 1981), Solicitudo Rei Socialis … Continue reading