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 Contents - Feb 2009AD2000 February 2009 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: 'Reform of the reform' on track - Michael Gilchrist
The Statement of Conclusions: any signs of progress after ten years? - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Culture of death: US bishops confront Barack Obama's sweeping abortion agenda - Paul Kengor
Vibrant retreat: Young adult ministry builds on WYD: iWitness Conference in Sydney - Br Barry Coldrey
Christian-Muslim dialogue: glimmerings of hope - Babette Francis
Melbourne's 'timely' new pregnancy assistance centre
Foundations of Faith: Protestant Reformation: origins and beliefs - Frank Mobbs
Flying into the Wind for the new evangelisation - Fr John Fowles CCS & Fr Joel Wallace CCS
Fundamental flaws in Bishop Robinson's book - Andrew Kania
Letters: Clarification on new Missal translation - final text has been approved - Archbishop Denis Hart
Letters: South Brisbane parish - Frank Bellet
Letters: Christ's divinity - Tom O'Keefe
Letters: Inclusive language - Eamonn Keane
Letters: Jewish conversions - Andrew Sholl
Letters: Teilhard - Grahame Fallon
Letters: Thanks from India - Fr S. John Joseph
Books: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Pope Benedict XVI - Siobhan Reeves (reviewer)
Poetry: Renée - Will Elsin
Books: Books available now from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Pope St Gregory the Great's advice to bishops and priests - Pope St Gregory the Great

Soft-sweet, smooth, half-dimpled
Peaches and cream transparence
Moon-kissed sunbeams flow
And set the stars this side of heaven aglow.

This face, this face, the angels pause
In their tracks, becalmed perhaps
And all because
They see the perfection of the grace
Of Him who truly conceived a face
So lovely its evanescent gaze
Sometimes on given summer days
Outshines even their angelic rays.

Her soft brown hair's a halo's frame
Her soft brown eyes sweet limpid pools
This face, this face, the angels almost rue
The days when Renée outshines them;
But angels' natures are such in time
That well they know though she's so fine
She must be wreathed in grace sublime.

So thus-resigned they wander in
And tend each filmy tress with care
Lest one might wander out of place,
Their breath caresses those silk-soft cheeks
And helps create her loveliness.

But why do the heavens fuss
O'er this sweet lass down here with us?
What makes each dart of eye,
Each lilt of lip, express so much
We are awe-struck?

We see, but yet we do not see!
Beauty so great, how can this be?
Does she reach back before the Fall?
We cannot tell - we have a wall
'Tween us - and the wonder
Of Renée's pure soul.

© Will Elsin 2001-2

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 1 (February 2009), p. 18

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