Lay Witness Magazine

All in the Family – Three Myths about Large Families

by Gerald Korson Like most parents of larger families, my wife and I are familiar with many of the assumptions people make regarding what it takes to raise a family like ours and how such families cause harm to our planet and to the children themselves. While these assumptions are too many to treat exhaustively here, I will address three of these most common myths. Myth #1: Large families are bad for the environment. This statement and others like it are, perhaps, the most commonly heard arguments against large families. They are also among the easiest to refute. Last spring, … Continue reading

Faces of Virtue – Can Science Survive Without Virtue?

by Donald DeMarco Michael Polanyi changed his career path from science to philosophy so that, paradoxically, he could help protect science from being absorbed into a narrow ideology. In his 1962 Terry Lectures at Yale University, he recounts a conversation he had with Nikolai Bukharin in 1935. At that time, Bukharin, whom Lenin called, “The Golden Boy” of the party, was a leading theoretician for the Communist party. When Polanyi asked him about the pursuit of pure science in Soviet Russia, Bukharin protested that pure science was a morbid symptom of a class society. He declared that, under socialism, science … Continue reading

Forgotten Treasures – A Saintly Shepherd for Modern Man

by Peter A. Kwasniewski With his first encyclical, E Supremi, of October 4, 1903, Pope Pius X eloquently outlined the program of his pontificate: instaurare omnia in Christo, “to restore all things in Christ.” As subsequent years proved, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto (1835–1914), who succeeded to the venerable Leo XIII and reigned as Pope Pius X from 1903 to his death eleven years later, committed himself bravely and energetically to this mission. Like the Good Shepherd he imitated, Pius X looked with tender love on his own flock, ready to guide it into pastures of sound doctrine and holiness, while he … Continue reading

Permanent Things – Playing Pretend

by Emily Stimpson You are reading this in July, or perhaps, some later month. But I am writing it on a fine morning in April. The sun is shining, the grass growing green, and all the pink flowering trees—some of God’s loveliest gifts to man—bursting with blooms. Also on this morning, my house is full of guests and I am playing pretend. I am pretending that I am not a busy writer with deadlines looming, editors waiting, and interviews pending. I am pretending that my house does not need painting, my faucet fixing, or my grass mowing. In this pretend … Continue reading