Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard

CUF From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. —Catechism, no. 2226 Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. —Vatican II, Declaration on Christian Education, … Continue reading

Battle in the Desert: Jesus’ First Victory for the Kingdom

Edward P. Sri From the Mar 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 third installment. In Matthew 4, we see that Jesus began His career with a very bold opening move. Notice how Jesus did not start His public ministry by teaching in the synagogue or preaching in the streets. Nor did He begin by performing miraculous works … Continue reading

Book Reviews – Political Orphan?

Russell Shaw From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Political Orphan? The Pro-Life Cause After 25 Years of Roe v. Wade by Kenneth D. Whitehead reviewed by Russell Shaw New Hope Publications, 1998. Against the troubling background of today’s political climate, there is striking foresight in the epilogue to Kenneth Whitehead’s passionate, highly intelligent, and extremely wellinformed analysis of recent pro-life politics. Writing before the November elections, he concludes that, a quarter-century after Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement is a “political orphan.” “Neither of the two major political parties is really prepared to adopt and support the … Continue reading

Catholic Education: Vision for Life

Following, in condensed form, is the Pope’s May 30, 1998 address to U.S. bishops from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Pope John Paul II From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine From the earliest days, when Archbishop John Carroll encouraged the teaching vocation of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and founded the new nation’s first Catholic college, the Church in the United States has been deeply involved in education at every level. For more than 200 years, Catholic elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities have been instrumental in educating successive generations of Catholics and in teaching the truths of … Continue reading

Catholic Schools: Well Worth the Sacrifice

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deut. 6:6-7). Every real estate agent knows the three priorities people have at the top of their list when househunting: Location. Location. Location! It was certainly true in our case when, because of our growing numbers, John and … Continue reading

Charity Begins at Home

Mary Hasson From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It was a gray afternoon, chilly and wet. Donning my chauffeur’s cap reluctantly, I headed out into the rain to pick up my teens from Spanish class. Arriving early, I maneuvered our van behind that of a veteran home schooling mom, Cindy, whose two sons are friends of my older boys. I seized the opportunity for a bit of conversation, even though it meant getting wet all over again as I dashed over to her van. “How’s it going?” A frown creased her brow as Cindy related their struggles … Continue reading

CUF News – Chapter News and New Board Members

CUF From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Toledo, OH. Dr. Rick Thomas, chairman of Servants of Mary Chapter, writes that chapter members are already preparing for their 12th annual “Faith and Family Conference,” which is always a great success in their area and which has done much to establish a constructive CUF presence in the diocese. This year’s conference will be held on March 20th and features several prominent speakers, including Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and CUF president Curtis Martin. For more information, call (419) 885-3145. Steubenville, OH. Members of St. Maximilian Kolbe Chapter were treated to a … Continue reading

First Lessons at Home: A Message from the President

Curtis A. Martin From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine There are many wonderful things about being the father of five young children—ages eight and under. However, one thing high on my list is the first few moments when I come home from work. I am greeted with shouts of “Daddy, Daddy!” Then I am tackled and smothered with hugs and kisses. The enthusiastic love of my children never ceases to warm my fatherly heart. While I learn important lessons about love from my children, I often have to remind myself that even more as their father I … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – Fellowship of Catholic University Students – March 1999

FOCUS From the Mar 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 Spiritual Multiplication Life on the FOCUS frontier is being showered with many blessings! As our staff continues to pray with fervor and persistence for the vision of FOCUS, many hungry souls are feeding on … Continue reading

Fruit That Lasts! Fathers Teaching the Faith to Their Children

Steve Wood From the Mar 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Interest in men’s ministry is sweeping the country. My phone is ringing off the hook with calls from Catholic men who want to start small groups. Before rushing into this, however, I urge careful consideration of the purposes and goals of the small groups. How do we go about establishing the goal of a men’s small group? First, we should be more concerned with strong finishes than quick starts. Jesus said, “I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (Jn. 15:16). Therefore, we should … Continue reading