Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – November 1999

CUF From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Our hope, brethren, is not of this present time, nor of this world, nor in that happiness whereby men who forget God are blinded. We ought to know above all else that we were not made Christians for the good things of the present time, but for something else which God promises and man does not yet comprehend. —St. Augustine May the fear of the Lord make us prepared and yet unperturbed, so that at our death we shall not be drawing back and loath to depart, not dragged and … Continue reading

Bishop as Servant of the Gospel

Most Rev. Fabian W. Bruskewitz From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The topic assigned by His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Tenth Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops is “The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World.” This synod will take place during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. In keeping with the Holy Father’s theme, Lay Witness is devoting this regular column in 1999 to guest articles by American bishops that address the vital role of the bishop in the life of the Church. Serving the Gospel, … Continue reading

Book Reviews – November 1999

“Pope Fiction,” “Catholic Shrines of Central and Eastern Europe,” “Liturgical Question Box,” and “Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton” Various From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Pope Fiction by Patrick Madrid reviewed by James Likoudis Basilica Press, 1999. In his foreword to Patrick Madrid’s splendid book, fellow convert and former Evangelical Protestant pastor Jeff Cavins tells of his and his wife’s conversion to the Catholic Church after he was profoundly moved by Pope John Paul II’s visit to Denver: “I knew that when I saw Pope John Paul II at Mile High Stadium, I was … Continue reading

Breaking the Bread

Stephen Pimentel From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Immediately after the craftsmen’s riot, Paul left Ephesus for Macedonia as he had been planning to do before his departure was delayed by that disturbance (cf. Acts 19:21-22). The purpose of his swing through Macedonia and Greece was to take up a collection for the Church in Jerusalem (cf. 2 Cor. 8:1-7). Luke refers to Paul’s time in Macedonia very tersely (cf. Acts 20:2), but Paul apparently traveled throughout Macedonia for about a year, gathering up the collection and composing the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. He finally came … Continue reading

Chapter News – November 1999

Catholic Events CUF From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Villa Hills, KY. Colleen Kunath, editor of the newsletter of St. Francis of Assisi Chapter, continues to provide much valuable information to CUF members concerning Catholic events taking place in the area, on sound Catholic books recently published, and the spread of perpetual Eucharistic adoration in parishes. Chapter meetings always begin with the Rosary followed by a planned program. Recent meetings have featured a video by Fr. Benedict Groeschel entitled “The Gates of Hell: the Moral Decline of the Media” and a special presentation “How to Evaluate Your … Continue reading

Church Teaching on Relics

Fr. Charles M. Mangan From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Some people think the Catholic Church abandoned her teaching on relics after Vatican II. However, a quick glance at the Code of Canon Law, published by authority of Pope John Paul II in 1983, reveals that the Church very much considers sacred relics to be important and significant in the life of the Church (cf. canons 1281-89). Just what are relics and what meaning do they have for disciples of Jesus Christ? The word “relic” comes from the Latin relinquo, literally meaning “I leave,” or “I abandon.” … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – November 1999

Fellowship of Catholic University Students FOCUS From the Nov 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 FOCUS 2204 11th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 353-7015 email: FOCUS@cuf.org web: www.focusonline.org The Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) kicked off its inaugural year at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln this fall. Meet Greg … Continue reading

In Brief – November 1999

Current News and Events CUF From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for November and December of 1999: November That lay people in the Church, living their own baptismal commitment, may accompany with their prayer, counsel, and help those who are called by God to the priestly, religious, and missionary life. That elderly people rediscover happily their important role in our common missionary effort. December That in the Year 2000, the proclamation of the Good News: “A Savior has been born to … Continue reading

It’s All in the Name! Patron Saints and the Family of God

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Nov 1999 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). “Why do we name babies after the saints or some of those ‘old people’ from the Bible?” my son Joseph asked at dinner one evening as we talked about choosing names for a new baby. The subject surfaced after Joseph’s older brother Tim and his wife Tina announced they were expecting their first baby. Recalling that all of our children were given what I described as “strong saints’ … Continue reading

It’s Not the End of the World: True Security for the Year 2000 and Beyond

Andrew D. Muras From the Nov 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Preparation for the new millennium has me confused. Is the second coming at hand? Should I follow the advice of numerous Christian radio and TV programs and begin hoarding gold and food? Will the Y2K bug be serious? Although I typically have little regard for most doomsday prophecies, the publicity surrounding this Y2K problem has made me reflect on the end times. How would I react in an end-of-the-world scenario? As I’ve struggled with this question, a recent homily and series of events have clarified my thoughts and … Continue reading