Lay Witness Magazine

A Message to Kids

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine He who spoils his son will bind up his wounds, and his feelings will be troubled at every cry. A horse that is untamed turns out to be stubborn, a son unrestrained turns out to be wilful. Pamper a child, and he will frighten you; play with him, and he will give you grief (Sir. 30:7-9). It still stings whenever I recall the time Mrs. Loomis, a friend and fellow parishioner, pulled me aside at a church function and said, “Congratulations on being elected President.” When I registered … Continue reading

Begging the Lord of the Harvest: Vocation at the Heart of the Eucharist

Sr. Lou Ella Hickman, I.W.B.S. From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine A Chevy Suburban roared out of the night smashing broadside into a van. The impact threw two fifth-grade boys from the van as it rolled into a ditch. Just ahead, a pick-up slammed to a stop. One of the boys’ fathers jumped out and began searching for the boys. Even though pitch darkness had settled, almost immediately voices spoke out of that darkness with offers of help. The man’s son lay limp on the ground. “Pray,” the father begged. “Pray as you’ve never prayed before.” This … Continue reading

Book Reviews – October 1999

“Holiness: A Guide for Beginners,” “Mary and the Fathers of the Church,” “The Cloistered Heart” and “Star Wars: Espisode I” Various From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holiness: A Guide for Beginners by Dom Hubert van Zeller reviewed by Jeff Ziegler Sophia Institute Press, 1997. “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Rom. 5:20). Sin has undoubtedly increased during the 20th century, an age of genocide, abortion, unjust wars, Marxism, authoritarianism, family breakdown, and rampant pornography. Yet grace, too, has abounded. One example has been the developments in spiritual theology, both in the documents of the … Continue reading

Called to Love: The Role of Women in Society

Stacy Mitch From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father has announced as one of his themes for 1999, “The Role of Women in Society.” It is a call for us to step back from our busy lives and ask ourselves, “What is the role of women in society?” and reflect on how we might fulfill this role. The best and only way to understand women’s role in society is to discover women’s vocation. For this we start at the beginning. In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis we learn who we are and … Continue reading

Chapter News – October 1999

Prayer and Action CUF From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The CUF office is pleased to continue to receive inquiries regarding the formation of new chapters. We encourage our members to form CUF chapters, however small. This will help fulfill Vatican II’s call for the Catholic laity to organize and engage in apostolic works to reevangelize our secularized society. Fairbault, MN. The coming together of Catholics to form a CUF chapter can also be fun, too, as we note the recent annual potluck held by members of St. Peter the Rock Chapter. This CUF meeting, held at … Continue reading

Finding Our Way: The Call to be Crucified with Christ

Justin Wachs From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Earlier this summer, I stood next to my bishop, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, serving at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated in the empty tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We had risen that morning at three o’clock in order to walk the via dolorosa—the way of suffering, the way of the Cross. What a blessed and prayer-filled experience this was. We were alone in the streets of the Old City as the sun began to rise and cast eerie shadows over … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – October 1999

Fellowship of Catholic University Students FOCUS From the Oct 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: web: This fall the Fellowship Of Catholic University Students has trained, full-time staff members at the University of Nebraska, Benedictine College (BC), University of … Continue reading

Higher Standard – October 1999

CUF From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine A humble person, if his opinion is asked, gives it in all simplicity and then leaves others to give theirs. Whether they are right or wrong, he says no more. —St. John Vianney Prudence means purity, straightforwardness, candor, and simplicity of character; it means standing superior to the utilitarian complexities of mere tactics. —Josef Pieper I will give heed to the way that is blameless. Oh when wilt thou come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything … Continue reading

In Brief – October 1999

Current News and Events CUF From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for October and November of 1999: October That professors and students of Catholic universities may commit themselves to the development of a culture which is illuminated and vivified by the Christian faith. That all the baptized, stimulated by the imminent Great Jubilee, may be aware of their vocation to offer full missionary cooperation in the propagation of the faith. November That lay people in the Church, living their own baptismal … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor – October 1999

CUF From the Oct 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Go Aggies! Dear Editor, Guided by our pastor, Fr. Mike Sis, St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Texas A&M is known for its lively faith and apostolic activity, including an effective pro-life ministry. Sincere reverence for the Mass and Eucharistic devotion are two of the most notable components of our parish life. Over 10,000 Catholic students attend Texas A&M University. Hundreds of students attend daily Mass. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program welcomes 40-50 people into the Church each year. Adoration is conducted at our parish from 7:00 … Continue reading