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'The Wedding Present' by Viscountess Margaret Long

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 Contents - Jun 2001AD2000 June 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Church reform: from Stage One to Stage Two - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop Pell installed in Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Basic Ecclesial Communities: Adelaide's 'new model of church' - Michael Gilchrist
Annual women priests protest in Adelaide - AD2000 Report
Denver document addresses challenges to Catholic marriage teachings - AD2000 Report
US missionary risks death in Colombia - Zenit News Service
Anglican defence of Catholic inter-Communion ban - Fr Geoffrey Kirk
How a small rural parish survived against the odds - Paul Newton
Light to the Nations 2001 - Young Australian Catholics celebrate their faith - Mary-Jane Donnellan
Letters: Archbishop Pell (letter) - Godwin Brown
Letters: Ballarat Diocese (letter) - Fr Gerry Baldock
Letters: Encouragement (letter) - John F. Doran
Letters: Consecrated life (letter) - Therese O'Rourke
Letters: Indian appeal (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Annunciation (letter) - Andrew Scholl
Letters: Altar (letter) - Stuart J. Blackwood
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Mrs Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Sexual abstinence (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Lest we forget' (letter) - Marion Craig
Books: The Turin Shroud: Past, Present and Future, International Scientific Symposium - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'As One Struggling Christian to Another: Augustine's Christian Ideal for Today' - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: 'Blessed Columba Marmion: a Short Biography' by Mark Tierney OSB - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Wedding Present' by Viscountess Margaret Long - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Doctors of the Church' by Bernard McGinn - Angela Joseph (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying The Psalms: A Commentary' by Fr Stanley L. Jaki - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying with Thomas Aquinas' by Houle, Monshau and Norris - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Reflection: The priest: mediator between God and man - Archbishop George Pell

The Wedding Present: Riches of Spiritual Wisdom for Life's Journey by Viscountess Margaret Long (Gracewing, 2001, 185 pp, A$50.95). Available from AD Books.

The Wedding Present is an anthology of spiritual texts, principally from Eastern Orthodox writers. The author, Viscountess Long, converted to the Orthodox faith in 1986. The impetus for this book was a request from a friend to give her a notebook containing spiritual maxims and passages for prayer and thought as a wedding present. What has emerged is a beautiful collection of extracts, useful for prayer by all Christians.

Some of the most inspiring passages from the history of Christian spirituality are to be found in this anthology, passages which, in her introduction, Viscountess Long states she had originally made during a period of severe testing in her own life "when I had clung to them as though to a rock".

The Wedding Present would be a useful basis for prayer and reflection and would make an ideal gift.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 5 (June 2001), p. 17

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