Lay Witness Magazine

Table of Contents: October 2000

A Higher Standard – October 2000

Various From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Convert those who do not believe with the example of your life, so that your faith has a motive. If God’s Word pleases you, act accordingly-not only God’s Word in your heart, but in your life so that you will form God’s family, united and pleasing to His eyes in all your actions. Don’t doubt, brethren, that if your lives are worthy of God, unbelievers will find faith. -St. Augustine Just as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course … Continue reading

Book Reviews – October 2000

Various From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Usual Suspects by Karl Keating reviewed by Mark Brumley Ignatius Press, 2000. Twenty years ago, many Catholics would have declared Catholic apologetics dead. At the time, it seemed to many people to be a casualty of “the Great Misinterpretation”-the widely held view that Vatican II had done away with the traditional Catholic faith, including the idea that we could or should give cogent reasons for being a Catholic. Well, if Catholic apologetics died two decades ago, it has been resurrected in our time. In fact, now it’s on the … Continue reading

Chapter News

Heaven On Earth CUF From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Mabank, TX. The newsletter of Queenship of Mary Chapter has a fine exposition of the meaning of the Mass, which draws on the magnificent quote from that spiritual classic The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Chautard: “This liturgy we have here on earth is simply an imitation of the celestial liturgy which the beloved disciple, John, describes for us in his Apocalypse.” Fortunately, a real revival in devotion, especially among youth, is taking place, as the teaching of Dom Chautard and the Church’s best liturgists becomes … Continue reading


Behold the Man John F. Crosby From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine John F. Crosby is the chairman of the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Crosby is also a member of CUF’s board of directors. “Behold the Man” is a ten-part series on the personalist philosophy of Pope John Paul II. This is the eighth installment. I began my last installment by saying that personalist philosophy can go astray in different ways, and I proceeded to show how in the contemporary world it commonly goes astray by becoming too individualistic. Now I want to … Continue reading

Evangelization 2000

Bishop Robert J. Carlson From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The following, in condensed form, is Bishop Carlson’s homily given at the 14th annual Fatima Family Apostolate Congress on June 10, 2000, in Alexandria, South Dakota. As we come together to celebrate this Marian Congress at the beginning of the new millennium on Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, the Holy Spirit comes to us as the advocate for Christ. The Spirit comes as a witness for Christ, testifying on His behalf to remind us of all that God has done for us who are baptized into … Continue reading

FOCUS goes back to school

Meet Our Missionaries FOCUS From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The fall semester is underway. Old FOCUS friendships are being renewed and new friendships are being formed. Our missionaries are hard at work bringing students to a deeper understanding of the beauty of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Pray for them! BENEDICTINE COLLEGE Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, holds a special place in the history of Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). It was here that our pilot program was established in January 1998. Our missionaries at Benedictine are (from left to right) Ted and Beth Sri, … Continue reading

Here Comes the Bride…And the Lamb

The Mass and the Heavenly Wedding Feast Edward P. Sri From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Have you ever thought of the Mass as a wedding feast? When thinking of the Mass, the words “liturgy,” “communion,” “real presence,” or “sacrifice” may easily come to mind. But a marriage? Yet throughout Church history, from the early Fathers to the mystical poetry of St. John of the Cross and the theological writings of Pope John Paul II, Catholic tradition has described Holy Communion- the culmination of the Liturgy-as an intimate union with our divine Bridegroom, Jesus, in the Eucharist. … Continue reading


Heartbeats Donlad DeMarco From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness  contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco is a professor of philosophy at the University of  St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, Ontario. The Many Faces of Virtue, a collection of essays on the virtues by Dr. DeMarco, is now available through Emmaus Road Publishing (see ad on opposite page). For information on other DeMarco titles, call Benedictus Books toll-free at (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% discount. Hospitality, for most of us, is something that belongs to … Continue reading

In Brief – October 2000

CUF From the Oct 2000 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 2000: October That young married couples may be sustained by the example and assistance of their parents and other families. That a revived awareness of the universal co-responsibility of bishops may multiply initiatives of missionary cooperation among the local Churches. November That politicians and economists may consider it their duty to attend to the welfare of all people, giving first place to the most poverty-stricken. That reflection on the missionary … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor

Various From the Oct 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Headship Dear Editor, Your June issue was filled with excellent material on the theme of fatherhood. But I was disappointed to notice the articles seemed to avoid the essential point of contention that is most undermining fatherhood today: the man’s role as head of the family. Tim Staples approached the topic in his article, “Be All That You Can Be,” when he said, “As fathers, we are called to be the heads of families,” and when he added, “Folks, this is not a time for wimps.” I might suggest … Continue reading