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‘Invisible Crown: A Story of Dorothy von Flue’ by Michael McGrade

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 Contents - Feb 2000AD2000 February 2000 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference - Michael Gilchrist
Legionaries of Christ: new order for a new millennium - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
The comunità: a new form of monastic life for Australia - Peter Westmore
Defending the faith against secularism and relativism - Bishop Kevin Manning
Sydney’s Centre for Thomistic Studies upholds Catholic truth - John Young
Lay teachers: backbone of the Catholic system - Tom Kendell
Tom Monaghan: the tycoon who sold his assets to serve the Church - Patrick Ward
Books: 'Rome Reshaped: Jubilees 1300-2000' by Desmond O’Grady - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: ‘Darkness Visible: A Christian Appraisal of Freemasonry’ by Walton Hannah - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: ‘Hidden Way: The Life and Influence of Almire Pichon’ by Mary Frances Coady - Mary O'Neill (reviewer)
Books: ‘Invisible Crown: A Story of Dorothy von Flue’ by Michael McGrade - Michael Davies (reviewer)
Books: 'A Victorian Convert Quintet' by Michael Clifton - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Letters: Catholic survey (letter) - Joe Lopez
Letters: Holy buck-passing (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Enneagram (letter) - Fr Reg Smith
Letters: Missing ‘glue’ (letter) - Joseph Taylor
Letters: The Jesuits (letter) - Felix Moore
Letters: Rockhampton (letter) - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Conflicting views (letter) - Joseph Said
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Patrick V. Healy
Letters: God’s love (letter) - Louise Howell (Dr)
Letters: Persecution (letter) - George F. Simpson
Letters: New women’s magazine Canticle (letter) - Genevieve S. Kineke
Reflection: Private revelations: "Keep to what is countenanced by the Church" - Fr Peter Joseph

Adapted to English by Michael McGrade

(St Austin Press, 1999, sewn cloth hardback, 144pp, $25.00 (including postage). Available from R.M. Pead, 1 Fraser Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600. Cheques payable to R.M Pead. Michael McGrade's Death of a Catholic Parish is available from the same address)

Michael McGrade's Death of A Catholic Parish documented, among other things, the destruction several years ago of the beautiful interior of the historic Benalla parish church of St Joseph in the Sandhurst diocese.

But if McGrade's raw presentation of a parish in tumult on the eve of the new millennium proved too traumatic for some, they will find no such grounds for avoiding his latest offering, which, although inspired by the Benalla experience, represents a complete change of pace: altogether more classical in form and subtle in approach.

As the author explains in the Preface, "the ongoing Benalla tragedy, as with the Catholic crisis in general, is in essence a matter of missing virtues." Obedience and reverence are the two he stresses here as "the sure antidote to the disease which has emaciated parishes, seminaries and religious houses for three decades" - essential to "re-establishing lasting peace and unity within each parish community and thus throughout the universal Church and the world."

As exemplars of the practice of these virtues and the heavenly rewards when practised, McGrade relates the extraordinary life of the fifteenth century Swiss couple, St Nicholas von Flue and his wife Dorothy. The book is effectively in two parts. The first consists of a translation from the German and French of a beautiful short story of the von Flues' life from Dorothy's perspective. It is a classic of its Catholic genre - simple, pious and profound. To this McGrade has added a fascinating short history of the life and times of St Nicholas, which he researched in Europe, since information in the English-speaking world about this saint is threadbare to say the least.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 13 No 1 (February 2000), p. 15

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