Lay Witness Magazine

Apostle to the Gentiles: The Spirit of St. Paul

Scott Hahn From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him” (Acts 13:9). It seems that Paul was “filled with the Holy Spirit” in everything he did. He certainly spoke often enough about the Spirit. And it is clear in the Acts of the Apostles that the Spirit is the guiding and energizing force in Paul’s mission of evangelization. The Holy Spirit even “forbids” Paul and his companions to go to certain places (Acts16: 6-7) so that they can make their divine appointments in other lands! To Paul, the Holy … Continue reading

Ask CUF: What Does the Church Say About the Headship of Husbands and Submission of Wives?

What does the Catholic Church teach about the headship of husbands and submission of wives in a marriage? At first glance, it appears that God intends the husband to have a certain dominance over the wife. St. Paul says in his letters to the Ephesians and the Colossians, “Wives, be subject to your husbands” (Eph. 5:22;Col. 3:18). He also says that “the husband is the head of the wife” (Eph. 5:23). Apart from Holy Scripture, there are philosophical beliefs, even arguments from nature that indicate a complementarity between the genders with a leadership/protection role for the husband and a nurturing … Continue reading

CUF Mailbox – September/October 2009

CUF From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Christ and Covenants To Michael Forrest and David Palm: Thank you very much for your article “All in the Family: Christians, Jews, and God”(July/August ’09). I appreciate your good scholarship and your fidelity to the teachings of the Church. Your reflections bring much needed clarity to a complex topic. I believe your critique of both the dual covenant theory and extreme supersessionism is right on the mark. I was also happy to support the Note on Ambiguities in “Reflections on Covenant and Mission” recently issued by the Committee on Doctrine … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk – September/October 2009

Sarah Rozman From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Lady Gertrude, one of the main players in Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband, thinks her husband is just that. In her eyes, Lord Robert Chiltern is a man set apart from other men; he is “a thing pure, noble, honest, without stain,” “as incapable of doing a foolish thing as he is of doing a wrong thing.” In his political career, Sir Robert has been a great success, and he is respected for his upright nature and moral conduct. But Sir Robert has a secret: The basis for … Continue reading

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In Brief – September/October 2009

CUF From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Pope Benedict XVI has approved Cardinal John Henry Newman’s cause for beatification. Catholic News Service (CNS) reported that in July, the Holy Father signed the decree that recognizes as miraculous the healing of a United States deacon, thus clearing the way for the Cardinal’s beatification. According to a CNS source, Cardinal Newman will be beatified on May 2, 2010,in Birmingham, England. Over the years, CUF has received many questions on the practice of children celebrating their First Communion before making their First Confession-so much so that we wrote a Faith … Continue reading

Literary Witness: The World’s Last Rationalist

David Mills From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine One of the most persistently annoying prejudices against Christianity is that Christians are too committed to Christianity to be reliable witnesses to its truth. The unbeliever claims to be the only really objective man, precisely because he does not believe. He follows the arguments where they lead; we plead for a position we’ve already taken for other reasons. Or so says the secularist. G. K. Chesterton told a story many of us could also tell. A young man told him no great intellect had believed in miracles, and when … Continue reading

Looking at a Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Lamb

This Flemish masterpiece by Jan van Eyck, painted in 1432, is the altarpiece in the Cathedral of St. Bavo in Ghent, Belgium. It differs in atmosphere from the Italian masterpieces we have been looking at. Its characteristics are serene contemplation, peace, and a rich mystical depth, yet with a quality of being grounded. Its ardor is interior and recollected. But for all its composure, the celestial fire is nonetheless present in solemn and holy beauty. The vision of the Lamb of God in the Apocalypse evokes, first of all, the great tradition of the Old Testament. The prophets foretold a … Continue reading

Men and Vocations

Russell Shaw From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Priests have vocations. Women religious have vocations. Permanent deacons and religious brothers have vocations. But what about the laity? Especially, what about men? Do they have vocations? It’s a safe bet that many laypeople, men and women, don’t ordinarily think of themselves as people with vocations in any real, robust sense. Yes, they’ve probably heard homilists refer to the “lay vocation” now and then, but it hasn’t registered strongly. The problem that creates is reflected in a true story. (No doubt it’s a tactical mistake to start a piece … Continue reading

Open Mike: What a Character

Mike Sullivan From the Sept/Oct 2009 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I’m sometimes amazed at how frustrated I get when my children do things that are foolish or sinful. After all, as a father of eight, I should know by now what foolish things kids are capable of. Recently the children went with my wife to the grocery store. As they drove home, my wife heard the children murmuring about a pack of gum that our 4-year-old daughter had in her possession. My wife didn’t buy it for her. Our daughter saw it on the bottom shelf in the checkout … Continue reading