Lay Witness Magazine

8 Habits of Highly Effective Fathers

Chris Erickson From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We are sometimes amazed when young people who were very pious at one time and who have received a Christian education from start to finish, later on abandon the practice of their faith. We must go back to the source. The mother was a practicing Catholic, the father suited himself about attendance at Mass; he had very quickly given up family prayer. The children rarely saw him perform an act of worship. No other explanation is needed to clarify everything.[1] Fathers, you are “the first heralds of the faith” … Continue reading

A Higher Standard – June 2000

Various From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We notice ever more clearly the need to be able to count on fathers who can fulfill their role, combining tenderness with seriousness, understanding with strictness, camaraderie with the exercise of authority, because only in this way will children be able to grow harmoniously, overcoming their fears and preparing themselves to meet courageously the unknown factors in life. -Pope John Paul II You are not her master, but her husband; she was not given to you to be your slave, but your wife. . . . Reciprocate her attentiveness to … Continue reading

All in the Family

From the President Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I have an unusual family background. My late father and his wife had eleven children. In the 1950s, his wife died of cancer, and so my dad left his sporting goods store in Kankakee, Illinois, and moved most of the family to Southern California. Not too long after that, he met and married my mother. A decade earlier, my mom’s husband had been killed in World War II, leaving her with two babies. I am the only child of my parents’ marriage. Even so, … Continue reading

Be All That You Can Be: Trinitarian Spirituality for Fathers

Tim Staples From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine One only has to briefly “surf” the channels of secular television to see the obvious. Fatherhood is being assaulted as never before in the history of our nation. Whether it be spiritual fathers, our priests, or the fathers of our families, it seems both are almost universally portrayed in a negative light. The Fr. Flanagans and Fr. O’Mallys of the past have been replaced with priests routinely involved in all sorts of immorality. The George Baileys and Ward Cleavers of the past have become the Archie Bunkers and Al … Continue reading

Be Soldiers! Our Army!

FOCUS Update Curtis Martin From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine On May 18, 1998, the 78th birthday of Pope John Paul II, Curtis Martin, FOCUS president, spoke with the Holy Father following Mass in the Pope’s private chapel. John Paul II listened closely as Curtis outlined his hopes for the future of FOCUS-that FOCUS could first reclaim college campuses and then the culture for Jesus Christ. The Pope thought a moment and then gave a short, but memorable answer. A Message From Curtis Martin “Be soldiers!” he said. WHEN THE HOLY FATHER SPEAKS, I listen. Here, in … Continue reading

Book Reviews – June 2000

Philip C.L. Gray From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Faith of the Fatherless The Psychology of Atheism by Paul C. Vitz reviewed by Philip C.L. Gray Spence Publishing, 1999.  Why does atheism need to be explained? Why does a person become an atheist? Why has atheism permeated our society’s laws, particularly when “believers” make up the vast majority of the population? Paul Vitz, professor of psychology at New York University, and an atheist until his late 30s, answers these questions in this excellent work. Vitz begins the book by addressing why the issue of atheism is so … Continue reading

Chapter News – June 2000

Spiritual Legacy CUF From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In recent correspondence, CUF president Leon Suprenant has expressed his gratitude for the beautiful notes he has received from longtime members of CUF. “In my relatively short time with CUF (I started working here in 1994), I’ve been so edified by the heroic witness of CUF members who have been with the apostolate from its earliest years. They have left for the next generation a remarkable spiritual legacy on which to build.” New Richmond, WI. Christ the King Chapter hosted a presentation by Ben Nguyen, who recently received … Continue reading

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I don’t know what God is trying to say to me but, within the past year, I have been immersed in three situations involving the miraculous: the Fox special, “Signs from God,” which some of you may have seen last summer; serving as spiritual director for a woman who has been publicly identified as a seer; and giving an address on the credibility of miracles, past and present. Honesty compels me to admit from the outset that my own predisposition to it all is quite negative, taking … Continue reading

Fathers and Sons – Boys and Their Toys

Families for Life Mary Ann Kuharski From the Jun 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “All your sons shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the prosperity of your sons” (Is. 54:13). I remember the year Chrissy, our oldest daughter, came bounding through the backdoor and took me aside to ask, “Do you think Dad is okay? I mean, has he kind of flipped out or something?” As we spoke, a tow truck was dropping the remains of a badly rusted car in our driveway, as John looked on with eager anticipation. “Why would Dad want something … Continue reading

Human Freedom

Behold the Man: The Philosophy of Pope John Paul II John F. Crosby From the Jun 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 fifth installment. Any philosopher who takes man seriously as person is sure to affirm the freedom of persons. There are, of course, no lack of philosophers who deny freedom, but none of them … Continue reading