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Come As You Are? (letter)

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 Contents - Oct 2004AD2000 October 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Addressing the shortfall of priests - Michael Gilchrist
Today's non-practising young Catholics: are Church conservatives to blame? - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church around the World
Society: US bishops call on Catholic institutions to oppose culture of death - Patrick Reilly
University: International Movement of Catholic Students Australia - Aaron Russell
Liturgy: Why priests should stick to the Mass texts - Bishop T.J. Paprocki
Books: Be Not Afraid: Cardinal George Pell's new book to be launched in November
Society: Why marriage should receive greater government support - Michael Casanova
The Pope's Encyclical on the Eucharist - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Letters: Pastoral letters (letter) - Charles Francis, AM
Letters: State Aid (letter) - Alan A. Hoysted
Letters: Liturgical abuses (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Graham Greene (letter) - Thomas A. Watkin
Letters: Come As You Are? (letter) - Brigid P. McKenna
Letters: Ghana: help needed (letter) - Name and address supplied
Letters: Year of the Eucharist (letter) - Fr Glen Tattersall FSSP
Letters: Catholic Doctors' Association of Victoria (letter) - Dr Dominica Ho
Books: The Ceremonies Of The Roman Rite Described, Fortescue,O'Connell, Alcuin Reid - Msgr. Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Books: The Organic Development of the Liturgy, by Alcuin Reid OSB - Msgr Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Books: The Two Wings Of Catholic Thought, edited by D.R. Foster, J.W. Koterski SJ - Br Christian Moe FSC (reviewer)
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Our Lady, Fatima and the 'annihilation of nations' - Anne Lastman

In taking issue with Cathy Cleary (July AD2000) regarding the parody of "Come As You Are", Peter Hannigan (August AD2000) seems to misunderstand the concerns of this Catholic mother, viz, keeping children within the fold of our Catholic faith and its promise of eternal salvation.

With seven children "grown up and still church-going Catholics" (and 12 grandchildren to boot), it is difficult to take seriously Peter Hannigan's charge that "the writer has totally ignored Christ's oft-repeated instruction that repentance for one's sins is necessary for salvation".

Indications would rather suggest this family to be a walking companion to loving and well-informed sacramental repentance.

Meanwhile, suffering parents, bravely smiling outwardly while inwardly still praying for strength, gratefully thank God if they can say "at least they are still going to Mass".

Younger generations, being more vulnerable to trends of the day, may appear brashly aggressive (or would they say "positive"!) in word, dress, hair-fads and even body-language.

However, while outwardly posing this "stand of last resort", a more deeply and carefully controlled passion, or compassion, could well be stifling an inner yearning to be part of the team for God. (Or stifled perhaps by unwittingly obsessive sensibilities within our own "not-to-be-disturbed established" and, yes, occasionally judgmental generation?)

Mr Hannighan's plea for "reverence for the sacred in the church, before, during and after Mass" is to be commended. Due to the quiet example of our parish priest, this problem is almost non-existent, and prayerful calm prevails in All Hallows.

The hymn "Come As You Are" always brings to me a surge of happiness and reassurance - as a whispered breeze of love from the Almighty Father to His stumbling child.

Thank you. May God continue to bless your work.

BRIGID P. McKENNA
Balwyn, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 9 (October 2004), p. 15

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