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 Contents - Mar 2015AD2000 March 2015 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: AD2000 to be available online only - Peter Westmore
Synod: AFA calls for Synod to strengthen support for families - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Rediscovering the spiritual dimension in modern psychology - Wanda Skowronska
Liturgy and mystery in the Mass - Audrey English
Challenging radical Islam - John A. Azumah
The parish priest and parish school - Fr John O'Neill
The linen cloth and the Second Coming - Andrew Sholl
The person and mission of St Joseph - Pope St John Paul
Seventh iWitness Retreat: another youth ministry success - Br Barry Coldrey
Apps: Smartphone apps to bring you closer to God - Peter Westmore
NACF: National Catholic Families Conference attracts 400 to Albury - Kathleen Horsfall and Marie-Louise Fowler
Letters: Persecution in China - Christopher Rule
Letters: Abortion - Brian Coman
Letters: Mary's knowledge - Carmel Ford
Letters: Anne Lastman replies ... - Anne Lastman
Letters: Synod of Bishops - John R. Barich
Books: MODERN MORAL PROBLEMS: Trustworthy Answers to Tough Questions, William B Smith - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: NOT ALL NUNS MAY DO THIS, by Erika Lorenz - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
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Reflection: Hail Mary, Full of Grace - Anne Lastman

Whilst reading the Letters Page of the February AD2000 I started having visions! Yes visions.

These visions were about colosseums, lions circling and Christians.

Mr Editor, I would like to respond to letters about me in this issue and I will do it in one letter knowing you cannot possibly publish three.

To Mrs Elizabeth Afribo, I didn't say you couldn't use your Missal, especially as you need help in order to be able to participate in the liturgy. Just that it seems to me that we can immerse ourselves in the whole mystery of the Mass and make it into a prayer. But if you need the help of your Missal, that's wonderful that you have it.

Dr Mobbs reminds me of a dog with a bone he won't let go. I have studied the Gospel of John at Masters level with one of Australia's foremost scholars, Professor Mary Coloe PVBM. I was strongly influenced by her work on John's prologue and Genesis 1.

I have also been influenced by other biblical scholars, e.g., Professor Frank Moloney SDB and Scott Hahn, just to name two, on the role of Mary.

My AD2000 article is a heavily précised version of a 5,000 word essay for which I received an HD. I have also studied deeply the Gospel of Matthew.

Mr Charles Shann said that my "statement that people who follow the Mass in their missals make lectors unnecessary". Well, don't they? Imagine: if everyone read from their Missals your charism of lector would be unnecessary. Why read when people can read for themselves? You read because not many have Missals and in many places there are no overheads.

Oh, by the way Mr Shann, I am truly glad singing has improved in your parish because of the introduced apps.

And bless you too, Mr Shann, and I am glad to hear that you have been congratulated on your firmness of view.

Glen Waverley, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 28 No 2 (March 2015), p. 17

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