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THE FREEDOM OF LOVE, by Rafael de Santiago

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 Contents - Oct 2013AD2000 October 2013 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Postscript on the Australian elections - Peter Westmore
Pope Francis to consecrate world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Frassati Australia and the New Evangelisation - Fr Paul Chandler
OSCE Conference: The new face of religious intolerance - Bishop Mario Toso
The Catholic Church is holy, despite its members' sins - Audrey English
Interview: Why science needs faith - Professor Dominique Lambert
The priesthood and the Catholic faith - Fr John O'Neill PP
Church of Divine Mercy in Singapore: an amazing discovery - Kazimierz Kozlowski
Blessed Jacinta Marto: heroine of Fatima - Cedric Wright
Letters: Dr Mobbs replies ... - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Exaggeration? - Noel Keith Roberts
Letters: Humanae Vitae - Ron Graham
Letters: Moral failure - John Wynter
Letters: Harmful effects - Richard Grant, Willie Chenhall, Maryse Usher
Letters: Creator's plan - Clare Ryan
Letters: Culture of life needed - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Anti-religious bigotry - Peter Kamsma
Events: Spiritual Exercises in Bowral, December 2013
Books: A Book of Saints and Heroes, Heroines, by Joanna Bogle - Val Prendergast (reviewer)
Books: COURAGE AND CONVICTION, by Joanna Bogle - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: ON THE LEFT BANK OF THE TIBER, by Fr Gerald O'Collins SJ - Frank Mobbs
Books: THE FREEDOM OF LOVE, by Rafael de Santiago - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Support: Launch of 2013 Fighting Fund - Peter Westmore
Books: Order books from
Reflection: Bishop Fisher: Young Catholics must be Christ in the world - Bishop Anthony Fisher

by Rafael de Santiago
(Gracewing, 2012, 140pp, $29.95. ISBN: 978-085244-779-6)

This is a clear, strongly Catholic treatment of a well-explored subject. Is it still possible to say something new about love? Most people will claim to know something of what love is, but the great variety of meanings associated with the word makes it difficult to define.

In The Freedom of Love, Dr Santiago clarifies the issues. This is an attractive presentation which radiates the teaching of Pope John Paul's "Theology of the Body".

The chapters read like "a map of life", in the sense that they deal with important issues such as the nature of love, the meaning of loyalty to our commitments, the connection between excellence and love, the importance of forgiveness and the relationship between love and freedom.

Love is hard work, but the rewards are great. This is a critical idea in Dr Santiago's presentation.

In addition there are four appendices that elaborate on the "Biology of Conception" and these are some of the more useful parts of the book. They are entitled: The Fertility Cycle, Natural Family Planning, Sexual Compatibility and the Effectiveness of NFP.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 9 (October 2013), p. 17

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