Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – March 2000

Various From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine This has been the opinion of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, who taught that men are bound to come to the aid of the poor and to do so not merely out of their superfluous goods. Faced with a world today where so many people are suffering from want, the Council asks individuals and governments to remember the sayings of the Fathers: “Feed the man dying of hunger, because if you do not feed him you are killing him,” and it urges them according to their ability to … Continue reading

Book Reviews – March 2000

Various From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Patrick: The Pilgrim Apostle of Ireland An Analysis of St. Patrick’s Confessio and Epistola by Máire B. de Paor, P.B.V.M. reviewed by Helen M. Valois Veritas, 1998. Parades, rowdiness, and T-shirts sometimes amusing, sometimes obscene-this is what we have come to associate with “St. Patrick’s Day” today. Even those who are able to look beyond the excesses of American culture are generally unable to say much more about this mythologized saint, who is almost as removed from reality as jolly old St. Nick. What’s the deal with St. Patrick? Did … Continue reading

Character: The Missing Link in Sex Education

Eduardo J. Echeverria From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine T.S. Eliot (1886-1965), poet and critic, wrote that modern thinkers are always “dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.” Some views of sex education display this mentality. They assume, in Barbara Dafoe Whitehead’s words, “a deeply technocratic understanding of teenage sexuality.” In other words, “once teenagers acquire a formal body of sex knowledge and skills, along with the proper contraceptive technology, they will be able to govern their own sexual behavior responsibly.” Responsible sexual behavior, in this view, does not involve virtuous … Continue reading

Christ the King: Witnesses to the Messiah

Stephen Pimentel From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Stephen Pimentel is pursuing graduate studies in theology at the  Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. He is currently working on a series of Bible study materials integrating Sacred Tradition and Scripture. “Witnesses of the Messiah” is a ten-part Bible study of the Acts of the Apostles. This is the second installment. Luke begins Acts with the statement that, in his Gospel, he “dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1), implying that in Acts he will deal with what Jesus continues to do … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – March 2000

Testimonies Various From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine ################ Associated PDF File: This article is available as a PDF download You may need to obtain a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader to use this PDF file.

Forming Lay Apostles

Chapter News CUF From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine ################ Associated PDF File: This article is available as a PDF download You may need to obtain a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader to use this PDF file.

Good-bye Cinderella: A Parent’s Response to Coed Sleepovers

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Anyone who has ever been a parent knows what it’s like to be finessed or finagled by a child. When they want something bad enough they will try talking, tantrums, tears, and-when all else fails-pouting. Sometimes we give in when they’re still in the talking stage. Other times it may take a little convincing or “getting us when we’re in the right mood,” as my kids would say. And then there are the issues we just don’t budge an inch on. I will admit, I’m just as guilty … Continue reading

In Brief – March 2000

CUF From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for March and April 2000: March That the Holy Year, a favorable time for repentance and mercy, may foster in us deep and lasting conversion. That the Virgin Mary,Mother of the Savior,may protect and sustain missionaries in their apostolic work. April That through Christians’ generous welcome, refugees and immigrants may experience God the Father’s goodness. That the peoples of Africa, torn by discord and wars, may find in the Gospel the strength to repress … Continue reading

Lent and the Great Jubilee: A Contradiction?

Fr. Charles Mangan From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Here’s a novel idea for a more joyful commemoration of our Great Jubilee: Do away with Lent this year. There’s no reason during 2000 to pray, fast, and give alms during the six weeks before Easter Sunday in atonement for our sins. The Jubilee is all about Christ risen and alive 2,000 years after His history-changing birth. Lent doesn’t fit this year-let’s get right to Easter. Such a fresh proposal initially may seem attractive. After all, the Jubilee demands rejoicing because we happily and fervently recall that silent … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor – March 2000

Various From the Mar 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Church’s One Foundation Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Dr. Alan Schreck’s article on Church history (January/February ‘00), but I would like to advance some points with which I believe Dr. Schreck would agree. While it may be argued that Jesus Christ didn’t give a detailed blueprint for the Church He founded, I think it’s important to affirm some basic points. Jesus did reconstitute Israel through the twelve apostles. In doing so, He restored the house of David with Himself as King and the pope as His prime minister. Jesus … Continue reading

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