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 Contents - Dec 2003AD2000 December 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge of Christmas - Peter Westmore
John Paul II's 25th anniversary: the impact of his teachings - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
INTERVIEW: New Melbourne and Sydney Religious Education texts - Msgr Peter Elliott
VOCATIONS: Melbourne's 'Hearts on Fire' vocations congress a success - Fr Paul Stuart
EVENTS: Adore 2004: a Eucharistic Congress for youth
BOOKS: DANIEL MANNIX : Wit and Wisdom - new edition - Michael Gilchrist
Social Justice Statement 2003: a response from Bishop Saunders
Letters: Social Justice Statement - Michael Barr
Letters: Centrality of tabernacle - Marie Cassey
Letters: Common sense - Michael Barry
Letters: Inspiring article - Thomas Jones
Poetry: Ex Maria Virgine - Delia Craig
Letters: Voice of the Faithful - St Michael's Group
Letters: Heresies - John K. Hannon
Letters: Unwarranted school closure - Maurice McGrath
Letters: Men at church - Rosanne Turne
Letters: Perth homeschooling conference - Lorraine Haydon
Books: Confirmed in the Faith, by Dora Nash - Joanna Bogle (reviewer)
Books: Adventures in Orthodoxy, by Dwight Longenecker - Richard Egan (reviewer)
Books: Celibacy in the Early Church, by Stefan Heid - Fr Peter Murphy (reviewer)
Books: You Are Peter, by Olivier Clément - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: Socrates meets Machiavelli, Socrates meets Marx, by Peter Kreeft - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: AD Books - Top Ten Sellers in 2003
Books: AD Books - A happy and a holy Christmas!
Reflection: 'Jesus Christ: the door of our salvation' : the meaning of Christmas - Pope John Paul II

I was edified to read the inspiring article written by Father Sebastian Camilleri OFM. The article is most interesting and very relevant in our secularised days, when in some churches, sadly, the tabernacle is being tucked away in some corner out of sight.

This is a shameful act of disrespect towards the Real Presence in the tabernacle which, traditionally, has always been located in a prominent place in our Catholic churches, encouraging frequent adoration visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

Through the centuries, worldwide, magnificent cathedrals, basilicas and churches have been built in honour of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, placed in a prominent location.

Fr Camilleri, with concise clarity and dexterity, addresses the very core of our Catholic faith: the Eucharist, which is the perennial basis of our Christian belief in the totality of Jesus Christ's humanity and divinity.

Fr Camilleri is to be congratulated for his excellent pastoral work. Going by the favourable responses to his previous pertinent article on "Individual confession and Holy Communion", which hopefully prompted more Catholics to visit the confessional, perhaps his article on the tabernacle will inspire the faithful to experience more fully in their prayer life the presence of the Eucharist.

Glenroy, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 11 (December 2003 - January 2004), p. 13

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