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Stations Of The Cross (CD), Perth Catholic Productions

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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

Stations Of The Cross (Perth Catholic Productions). CDs $21.95 and tapes $19.95 each plus $4.00 postage. Available through local Catholic bookshops or direct from Perth Catholic Productions, P.O. Box 1779, Canning Vale, WA 6970 Australia, fax +61 (08) 9259 4054.

Following on from the global success of the acclaimed recordings of The Rosary for Children and The Rosary for Youth, their producers have introduced this latest venture - The Stations of the Cross.

This new offering, published by Perth Catholic Productions and with a duration of 40 minutes, is certain to be a winner with a wide section of the Catholic community. With its graphic cover, it is both refreshing and reflective, with enough incisive preaching through the meditations given by a Catholic priest, to stimulate one's conscience and awaken it from dormancy.

The priest reflects on the meditations associated with each of the 15 stations in a framework of original upmarket music with thought-provoking lyrics. Each station is preceded by beautiful interlude music after which the clear, young voice of the female narrator walks one through the way of the cross.

During Jesus' agonising walking, staggering, falling and rising up again, the priest points out the exact parallel's of man's life to that of Jesus' walk to his Crucifixion - and ultimately his Resurrection in the 15th station.

These meditations are powerfully effective because they are conscience-pricking, and point to the frailty of the human condition, while showing through the three falls of Christ, his equation with and understanding of mankind's weakness and the inevitable yet necessary struggle to rise up and continue on our own life's path.

Our failings

The truth in the meditations, while piercingly cognisant of our own faults and failings, impacts in a direct, but gentle, and non-accusative way. This product is impressive because it highlights a range of attitudes and behaviours which are in everyday "acceptable" practice, yet are certainly sinful.

Within The Stations of the Cross, I recognise the highlighting of my own failings. Through the listening, I realise how far we have slipped from our pristine Christian ideals taught from the cradle, and how socially acceptable these undesirable characteristics are today where virtually anything goes whether one is Catholic or otherwise.

This walk with Christ "pulls you up" to take another look at yourself, and how far society has fallen. It allows one to see that in the end we are answerable to the Almighty, because He remains the final judge and not our fellow men.

It would be difficult to praise The Stations of the Cross too highly, because of its superb quality from the point of view of production, originality, impact and the self-awareness it raises, plus spiritual direction given.

It has been given the imprimatur of His Grace, Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth.

Colleen McGuiness-Howard is a Perth Catholic journalist.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 4 (May 2001), p. 18

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