Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – June 1999

CUF From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Love for his wife as mother of their children and love for the children themselves are for the man the natural way of understanding and fulfilling his own fatherhood. Above all, where social and cultural conditions so easily encourage a father to be less concerned with his family or at any rate less involved in the work of education, efforts must be made to restore socially the conviction that the place and task of the father in and for the family is of unique and irreplaceable importance. —Pope John Paul … Continue reading

Amazing Graceland: NFP Hits the Charts in Memphis

Molly Mulqueen From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Salt of the Earth” is a regular Lay Witness column designed to profile ordinary people who, with God’s grace, are leading extraordinary lives. First comes the voice: that charming, disarming Southern accent that is hardly a drawl—it comes at you at 90 mph. Then comes the message: consistent, compassionate, Humanae Vitae, and always tasteful, even when it concerns the most intimate topics. Mary Pat Van Epps, Natural Family Planning (NFP) coordinator for the Diocese of Memphis, has been leading tours to “graceland” for more than 20 years, but hers … Continue reading

Book Reviews – June 1999

“The Fathers of the Church” and “Annulment: The Wedding That Was” Regis Martin and John Huggins From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Fathers of the Church An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers by Mike Aquilina reviewed by Regis Martin Our Sunday Visitor, 1999. When the world was still very young, and Christianity in its first springtime, an amazing array of men walked abroad, their great Catholic minds calmly, majestically traversing the whole expanse of the mysteries of Revelation. Such titanic figures from that faraway time have come to be called the Church Fathers. So resonant … Continue reading

Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing

Shelia K. Kippley From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Thirty years ago my hometown Catholic newspaper, The Tidings, refused to accept a paid ad for my book, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing. Too suggestive a title, thought an editor. Today, fortunately, “breastfeeding” is no longer taboo. While some Catholics remain in the lead in discussing and promoting this subject, others may have some important questions of a religious and moral nature. Let’s examine some of these questions. Does the Catholic Church offer any guidance about breastfeeding? On October 26, 1941, Pope Pius XII took time out from … Continue reading

Called To Be Shepherds

The Ministry of the Bishop in Relation to the Lay Faithful Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The topic assigned by His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Tenth Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops is “The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World.” This synod will take place during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. In keeping with the Holy Father’s theme, Lay Witness is devoting this regular column in 1999 to guest articles by American bishops that address the vital role of … Continue reading

Conflict in Galilee: Jesus Faces Opposition to His Kingdom

Jesus Faces Opposition to His Kingdom Edward P. Sri From the Jun 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 sixth installment. By the end of chapter nine in Matthew’s Gospel, we see the people of Israel practically eating out of the palms of Jesus’ hands . . . or so it appears at first glance. We know that … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – June 1999

Fellowship of Catholic University Students FOCUS From the Jun 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 Curtis A. Martin, executive director 2204 11th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 353-7015 email: web: Good Shepherd When Professor Edward Sri first asked me to lead a FOCUS Bible study in February 1998, I was eager to learn more … Continue reading

God as Father

Fr. Frank Pavone From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Have you ever noticed how the Old Testament ends? It ends talking about fathers. The great collection of inspired books by which the Father gradually revealed Himself to the world, preparing it for the definitive Revelation given in His only Son, concludes by speaking about fathers and their sons and daughters: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to … Continue reading

Holy Matrimony: Sainthood and the Vocation to Christian Marriage

John F. Wagner, Jr. From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity” (Catechism, no. 2013). Since all are called to holiness, it is undoubtedly true that the communion of saints in heaven includes numerous husbands and wives. However, the ranks of those who have been officially recognized by the Church for their sanctity do not include many men and women who have been elevated primarily on the basis of living out their vocations in marriage. Perhaps … Continue reading

In Brief – June 1999

Current News and Events CUF From the Jun 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for June and July of 1999: June That in this year dedicated to God the Father, there be an increase in the desire and the commitment to overcome division and to be reconciled with God and with our brothers and sisters. That the Church in Macao intensify her missionary service to the Chinese people. July That Christians, through hospitality, especially to their immigrant brothers and sisters, may actively bear witness … Continue reading