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'He's Risen' by Phelim McGowan SJ

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 Contents - May 2001AD2000 May 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: A crucial appointment to Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
Vatican signals continuation of reform process - AD2000 Report
AD2000 Online - Michael Gilchrist
'Systematic instruction in the faith' program to be launched in July - Bishop Luc Matthys
News: The Church Around the World
The Church in Germany: John Paul II expresses serious concerns - Catholic World News
New WA Catholic schools document stresses orthodoxy
US professor defends papal teaching on universities - Charles E. Rice
Why John Henry Newman converted to Catholicism - Michael Davies
A Melbourne artist's labour of love - Michael Gilchrist
Letters: Different Church (letter) - Frank Smith
Letters: Vocation question (letter) - Msgr Richard Schuler PP
Letters: Racism (letter) - Helen Daniel
Letters: Sydney appointment (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Paul Collins (letter) - Arnold Jago (Dr)
Letters: Vatican II ambiguities (1) (letter) - George F. Simpson
Letters: Vatican II ambiguities (2) (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Eucharistic Congress (letter) - Basil Lane
Letters: Elizabeth Anscombe (letter) - Edward Clarke
Letters: 'Courage' (letter) - John Dodwell
Letters: Objectionable cover (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Altar? (letter) - D.I. Davies
Letters: Destruction (letter) - John D. Pratt
Letters: Queensland Bishops (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: African reader (letter) - Fr Stephen B. Muchemwa
Letters: Scripture truth (letter) - Mary Beaumont
Letters: Enlightening book (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Books: 'Becoming Fire' by Fr Ken Barker mgl - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: 'Great Christian Prayers' by Stephen Redmond SJ - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: 'He's Risen' by Phelim McGowan SJ - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'Prayers From The Heart: for the Feasts of the Year', Joanna Bogle - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'A Vacation With The Lord' by Fr Thomas H. Green SJ - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Stations Of The Cross (CD), Perth Catholic Productions - Colleen McGuiness-Howard (reviewer)
Poetry: The Ballad of Antichrist - Andrew Huntley
Reflection: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit' - Fr Ian Falconer SJ

He's Risen: Reflections on the Risen Christ and the Coming of the Holy Spirit, by Phelim McGowan SJ (Dublin, Columba Press, 2001, 128pp, RRP $20.00. Available from AD Books (03) 9326 5757)

Silence is a part of our humanity we take for granted. In a world surrounded by much activity, it can be difficult to allow the presence of God to come into our being. In the stillness and the quiet, we might hope the words of the Lord would be absorbed into our being so that we hear them clearly. In Scripture, we see how Jesus often retreated to a quiet place.

He's Risen invites us to come and reflect on the life of Jesus along the many journeys he travelled, to spend time reflecting on the mysteries which challenge our faith and to share in the intense moments of his followers at Easter time. He's Risen draws the reader into a journey, where one can be part of the Easter experiences.

Easter ceremonies

Imagine being at the Last Supper, being a part of the solemnities on Good Friday. Where would we be: close behind Jesus, or standing afar? Eastertide can be a time of spiritual or emotional exhaustion, but as we share in the Easter ceremonies, we can feel a mix of emotions, the sadness of what is to happen, the anticipation of what is to come, the delight in the rising of Jesus.

We can share some moments with Jesus' mother, and sense how she must have felt. In a quiet place within our hearts, we might allow these meditations to take us on a journey, as we recall the key details of our faith.

He's Risen also helps us to share in the Easter silence, the watching, the waiting, the appearance of Jesus, the coming of the Holy Spirit - and be touched by the Easter joy, the presence of Jesus as he appears to his followers on the road and by his words as he speaks directly to our hearts.

During our lives, we experience many "little deaths", as we encounter losses such as tragedies and disappointments - all negative. On the other hand, we also experience "little resurrections", such as celebrations, births, marriage - all positive.

He's Risen consists of a short collection of works designed to encourage us to spend part of our busy days reflecting on parts of the mystery of Jesus' life up to the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Mary-Jane Donnellan is a Melbourne Catholic writer

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 4 (May 2001), p. 17

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