Lay Witness Magazine

A Gift Worth More Than a Million: And It’s Ours for the Asking

Mary Ann Kuharski From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Lk. 12:32). Just imagine there was a place, right in your own neighborhood- perhaps within walking distance- that handed out one million dollars in cold cash every day to every eligible man, woman, and child who came through the front door and asked. Wow! Wouldn’t you make sure you were eligible and at the front door to receive your million? You bet! Well, there’s a better place than that. It’s unknown in … Continue reading

A Higher Standard – May 2000

Various From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife; and sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping. -St. Frances of Rome For Thy hands, O my God, in the hidden design of Thy Providence, did not desert my soul; and out of the blood of my mother’s heart, through the tears that she poured out by day and by night, was a sacrifice offered unto Thee for me; and by marvelous … Continue reading

A New Evangelization in a New Millennium: A Call for a New Apologetics

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. . . . Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again” (Jn. 8:7-11). For those of us seeking to generate a new apologetics in a new evangelization capable of drawing all closer to Christ, His Church, and one another, the account of Jesus’ disposition toward the adulteress and her accusers is instructive. Christ, who is God and thus knows the sinful hearts of all men and women, … Continue reading

Are You Ready for A Miracle?

Peggy Saindon From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In August 1983, a handful of inexperienced but optimistic pro-lifers applied for and received official incorporation by the State of Wisconsin. That date marks the beginning of what is known in northeastern Wisconsin as the “miracle” of Mother and Unborn Baby Care (MUBC). Without money, without influence, without business expertise, a small crisis pregnancy center was born. By January 2000, over 12,000 girls and young women had been served. It all began with an act of faith. The first month’s rent was donated by a former board member, Jim … Continue reading

As Christ Loves the Church

Family Matters Curtis and Michaelann Martin From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Why is it so difficult for men and women to embrace the Church’s teaching on marital love? These teachings come into a new light when we understand and embrace our masculinity and femininity. Adam and Eve were created “in God’s image and likeness.” Eve was to be a suitable partner, and the two were to complement each other. We need to realize that men and women are different by design, yet equal in dignity and honor as sons and daughters of God. The most challenging … Continue reading

Book Reviews – May 2000

Tim Drake From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Prodigal Daughters Catholic Women Come Home to the Church by Donna Steichen reviewed by Tim Drake Ignatius Press, 1999. Ever since the publication of Patrick Madrid’s best-seller Surprised by Truth, conversion stories have gained wide appeal. Cast in that mold,Prodigal Daughters offers a new twist on the familiar tale of the prodigal son. Like Donna Steichen’s 1991 book, UnGodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism, this book focuses on women and their relationship with Christ and His Church. This book, however, is far more hopeful. Prodigal Daughters provides … Continue reading

Chapter News – May 2000

Jubilee Activities CUF From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Virginia Beach, VA. Fran Loch, chairman of Mary, Mother of the Church Chapter, writes that the chapter recently sponsored a fine conference, “Turning the Millennium . . . Freedom, Politics, and the Right to Life,” featuring such fine speakers as Mary S. Barraco, who was a concentration camp prisoner during World War II, and theologian Fr. Anthony J. Mastroeni. Popular Catholic comic Tommy DiNardo added some welcome humor and fun to the event’s festivities. Sacramento, CA. It is with great joy that we greet the members and officers … Continue reading

Eucharist, Source of All Vocations

Pope Speaks His Holiness Pope John Paul II From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The following is taken from Pope John Paul II’s Message for the 37th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, May 14, 2000. The World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will be celebrated in the joyful atmosphere of the Easter festivities, especially joyful because of the Jubilee celebrations, gives me the opportunity to reflect, together with you, on the gift of the divine call, sharing your care for vocations to the ordained ministry and to the consecrated life. [This year’s theme is] The … Continue reading

Eucharist, Source of Love

Lisa A. Vander Veen From the May 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As the heart of the Church, the Eucharist has a very important role in the Body of Christ. The Eucharist plays a vital role in my everyday life, as it’s the source of hope, strength, life, and love. Through the Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the altar, Christ sends forth all these gifts and more to His people. As the source of love, Christ calls us to holiness. He calls us to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. One of the ways in … Continue reading

In Brief – May 2000

CUF From the May 2000 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 2000: May That Mary, Mother of the Lord, may be the model of faithfulness and generosity in following Christ. That the Jubilee remembrance of the new martyrs may bring about a renewed springtime of missionary activity. June That Christ-adored and celebrated in the Eucharist- may increasingly be welcomed and shared as the Bread of Life for the good of the world. That in China priests, religious men and women, and … Continue reading