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COME, LORD JESUS:Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Seasons, James Tolhurst

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 Contents - Dec 2006AD2000 December 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The first Christmas - Peter Westmore
Benedict XVI challenges 'de-Christianisation' of society - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Sydney RCIA conference for 2007 on authentic formation of new Catholics - Paula Flynn
'Lost!' controversy: Archbishop Bathersby's reply - AD2000 Report
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: the Montessori method for RE - Anne Delsorte
A 'best practice' guide to priestly vocations
Modest dress: Suitable attire for Mass: the moral dimension - Bishop John W. Yanta
Religious Life: Tyburn Sisters' communities spread around the world - Tess Livingstone
2006 National Church Life Survey: important questions overlooked - Michael Gilchrist
Shrines: Marian Valley: Queensland's centre of pilgrimage - Peter Westmore
Letters: Vatican guidelines on Holy Communion for politicians - Vincent Bemowski
Letters: A must read for faithful Catholics - Frank Bellet
Letters: Liberal Catholicism - Paula Gartland
Letters: News from India - Fr Francis Pinto CSsR
Letters: Church teaching - Mark Moriarty
Letters: Infant Baptism
Letters: Community? - Peter Gilet
Letters: Christian differences - Alan Barron
Letters: True Church - E. Makaus
Letters: Linguistics - Matt Bruekers
Letters: Liturgical language - Ted Hayhoe
Letters: Why apologise? - Concerned Catholic
Books: The Shroud Story, by Brendan Whiting - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: COME, LORD JESUS:Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Seasons, James Tolhurst - Michael Gilchrist
Events: Advent and Christmas Ceremonies - Priestly Fraternity of St Peter
Books: SACRED PLACES, PILGRIM WAYS: Catholic Pilgrimages in France and Belgium - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: Jesus' law of love and the Ten Commandments - Fr Dennis Byrnes

Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Seasons
by James Tolhurst
(Gracewing/Freedom Publishing, 2006, 82pp, $19.95. Available from Freedom Publishing)

This beautiful, compact book provides an ideal preparation for the seasons of Advent and Christmas and would make a wonderful gift for anyone serious about entering into the spirit of these important Christian seasons.

Father Tolhurst is an English priest who has written extensively, including books on John Henry Newman and A Concise Catechism for Catholics. In his latest book, he provides a day-by-day coverage beginning with the First Sunday of Advent and concluding with the Epiphany of the Lord.

Each day includes the Gospel text along with a short commentary from Fr Tolhurst. In addition, there is a relevant reading, usually from the early writings of the Christian Church, with biographical details of the authors and a concluding reflection.

The spiritual contributors represent a who's who of the Church's saints and scholars, from St Irenaeus and St Thomas Aquinas to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II.

Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, one of the United States' most outspokenly orthodox Catholic bishops and most successful promoter of priestly vocations, offers a strong endorsement for Come, Lord Jesus.

'Father Tolhurst', he says, 'does a fine job of leading the faithful in reflecting upon Sacred Scripture. He draws on many excellent, diverse and rich sources from our Catholic heritage. The reflections are wonderful starting points to a deeper understanding of the Faith. They are supported by the teachings of the Church, as well as from the writings of many holy men and women down through the ages.'

Come, Lord Jesus, would also make an excellent resource book for Catholic secondary school classes, with its simple, compact lay-out and convenient cross-section of the Church's best writings on the theme of Advent and Christmas.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 11 (December 2006 - January 2007), p. 17

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