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Poetry

Feast of St Francis of Assisi (4 October)

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 Contents - Oct 2001AD2000 October 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: light at the end of the tunnel - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop George Pell: 'The strong family is a religious family' - Archbishop George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Events: Gerry Matatics Visit / Catholic Homeschooling Conference, Parramatta - AD2000
Anglican General Synod 2001 - moves towards women bishops delayed - Nigel Zimmermann
Cardinal George of Chicago sacks leading 'progressive' liturgist - Michael Gilchrist
Can US bishops enforce Papal teaching on Catholic universities? - Zenit News Service
Archbishop Hart opens Thomas More Centre Bookroom - Catherine Sheehan
Salesian Archbishop from India visits Australia - Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB
Education: Mass attendance: a key measure of Catholic schools' effectiveness - Br John Moylan CFC
Eternal Word Television Network's missionary outreach - Michael Daniel
Letters: Liturgy translation (letter) - Jack R. Nyman
Letters: Church leadership (letter) - Mary Daly
Letters: True picture (letter) - Christine Slagter
Letters: Homosexuality (letter) - Arnold Jago (Dr)
Letters: Papal teaching (letter) - John Young
Letters: First parents (letter) - Scot Chaston
Letters: Non-Christian gods (letter) - Jane Wilks
Letters: Cult (letter) - Wal Maggs
Books: 'Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine', Archbishop Sheehan, Fr Peter Joseph - Br Christian Moe FSC (reviewer)
Books: 'The One Minute Philosopher' by Montague Brown - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: 'The Spirit of the Liturgy' by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: Tales Without Reason: Forgotten Heroes of the Apostolate in 1840s Australia - Michael Daniel
Books: Seeds of Life: Early Christian Martyrs; Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Poetry: Feast of St Francis of Assisi (4 October) - A. Muir
Reflection: Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist - Bishop Kevin Manning

O sure am I when I come to die
And through death's portals go,
Those cats and dogs and little white mice
And birds I used to know
Shall all come rushing to welcome me,
Their friend of long ago.

* * *

And the cats will purr "We've missed you, sir",
And we know you've missed us too."
And the dogs will bark "Good morning, friend,
We've waited long for you."
And the little white mice will squeak with joy,
And the birds will chirp and coo.

* * *

And happen what may on Judgement Day,
I shall not affrighted be
If the cats and dogs and weak dumb things
That on earth were dear to see,
Shall receive from God the gift of speech
For I know they'll plead for me.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 9 (October 2001), p. 18

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