Lay Witness Magazine

A Great Sign

A Message from the President Curtis A. Martin From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Throughout this final year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Church calls us to focus our attention on the Person of God the Father. Recognizing her intimate relation to the Father, we turn our gaze during this month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Her motherhood, which began in Nazareth and was lived most intensely in Jerusalem at the foot of the Cross, will be felt during this year as a loving and urgent invitation addressed to … Continue reading

A Higher Standard – May 1999

CUF From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. —Catechism, no. 967 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!” —Luke 11:27-28 Cling to His most sweet Mother who carried … Continue reading

Book Reviews – May 1999

“Mary: What the Bible Really Says” and “The Prince of Egypt” Cat Clark and Regina Doman Schmiedicke From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Mary: What the Bible Really Says by Douglas Connelly reviewed by Cat Clark InterVarsity Press, 1998. One of my favorite things to collect is Bibles, and I have many of them. I have Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Deist, and Gnostic Bibles in a variety of formats, languages, and translation styles. Douglas Connelly’s new book has the fascinating subtitle What the Bible Really Says. I was very disappointed to find that it … Continue reading

Expanding on the Scriptural Rosary

Ellen Wilson Fielding From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine A decade or two ago, the spread of the “scriptural Rosary” marked a resurgence of this devotion not only among lay Catholics, but even among some of the Catholic leaders who had downplayed the Rosary during and immediately after Vatican II. While the traditional manner of praying the Rosary continues to be overwhelmingly more common, the scriptural Rosary has introduced many Catholics—including converts—to the biblical roots of this ancient prayer, intertwining Scripture reading with meditation on key scenes from the life of Christ. It has also reinvigorated the … Continue reading

Faith of Our Mothers

Molly Mulqueen From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For Kim Caldwell of the Mary Weslin Home for Pregnant and Unwed Mothers near Colorado Springs, every day is mother’s day. First, Kim is a mother herself to three-year-old Kaitlin, who is blonde, beautiful, sweet, and energetic, just like her mother. Then there are the four women for whom she is the housemother at the Mary Weslin Home. Three are expecting and one has a newborn. Twelve mothers have been through the house in the last year. And of course, there is Kim’s mother, Sandi, and her father, Terry … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – May 1999

FOCUS From the May 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: FOCUS Promotes Catholic Culture An exciting Catholic outreach to college students was born at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, last spring. It has been a privilege for me to … Continue reading

In Brief – May 1999

Current News and Events CUF From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for May and June of 1999: May That the young, creative and dynamic as they are, may become witnesses to the Word of Jesus, the source of hope, joy, and peace. That, following the example of Mary and with her help, Christian parents educate their children in a deep faith that will be open to apostolic and missionary commitment. June That in this year dedicated to God the Father, there … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor – May 1999

CUF From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Our Lady of Guadalupe Dear Editor, I just arrived home here in Lafayette, Louisiana, after a two-day train ride from New York. I was filled with joy as I went through my mail and came across my December issue of Lay Witness. I wait for it every month with great anticipation. But this month was unusually special. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the front cover was a great surprise. I couldn’t wait to get up this morning and go through it. As soon as I finished morning … Continue reading

Louder than Words: Jesus Puts His Words into Action

Edward P. Sri From the May 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 fifth installment. It has often been said that “actions speak louder than words.” This maxim is especially true for Jesus in the whirlwind of events following the famous “Sermon on the Mount.” In this great sermon, Jesus challenged Israel to be “light to the world” … Continue reading

Mary and the Church

Sean Innerst From the May 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her that conceived me” (Song 8:2). The Call of the Bride The Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, that poetic dialogue of love between a groom and his future bride, has often been interpreted by Jews and Christians as a mystical colloquy between the soul and her God. From antiquity, the Church has borrowed verses from the Song of Solomon for the liturgies of her Marian feasts, … Continue reading