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Timely article on reverence (letter)

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 Contents - May 2004AD2000 May 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: May: the month of Mary, Mother of God - Peter Westmore
New liturgy document: Rome affirms right of laity to complain about abuses - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Australian Bishops' ad limina: strong leadership needed to confront secularism
Ethics: Denial of food and water to patients is 'genuine euthanasia': John Paul II - Michael Casanova
Church in UK welcomes abortion documentary - Anthony Cappello
Priesthood: Pope's World Day of Prayer for Vocations - Fr Paul Stuart
Events: Brisbane Corpus Christi Procession - Josie Mangano
Education: The religious character of Catholic schools: how can it be enhanced? - Br Paul Macrossan CFC
Poetry: Come As You Are (revised version) - Bruce Dawe
Art: Beauty is very much an attribute of God - Sister Wendy - Sarah Macdonald
Liturgy: Cardinal George of Chicago examines post-Vatican II liturgical reforms - Michael Gilchrist
Letters: God's house (letter) - Melanie Costabile
Letters: Timely article on reverence (letter) - Name and Address Supplied
Letters: Reverence at Mass (letter) - Shirley Vaughan
Letters: Eucharistic reverence (letter) - Carmel Strong
Letters: Vocations guide (letter) - Patrick Ryan
Letters: 'The Passion' (letter) - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic schools (letter) - Elizabeth Alderton
Letters: No laughing matter (letter) - Dr Lance Eccles
Letters: Personhood (letter) - Dr Brian Pollard
Letters: Darwinism (letter) - Michael Griffiths
Events: Wagga Wagga Seminary Open Day 16 May
Books: Marriage and Family in the Biblical World, edited by Ken Campbell - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Why Must I Suffer?, by Francis Remler - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: ANGLICANS AND ORTHODOX: Unity and Subversion (1559-1725), by Judith Pinnington - Tracey Rowland (reviewer)
Books: AD Books - More new titles for 2004 - Anthony Cappello
Reflection: Why the world needs Jesus Christ and Christian models - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

Congratulations on Matthew Greene's timely article about irreverence (April AD2000). The following is a positive suggestion for overcoming this.

Display this message on a sign at the entrance to a church:

"Welcome to (name of church or chapel). This sacred place is God's house of prayer and contemplation. Kindly leave your conversations with others outside. We need your prayers! May you uplift our needs with yours to the one who cares, as together we seek the blessings of God's grace. Thank you, and God bless.

For this to be done we need:

* Priests willing to place the above sign (or some equivalent) tastefully and prominently in their churches.

* Sign writers to make these signs for local churches and chapels.

* Parishioners who could finance these signs, willing to make the offer to their parish priests.

* Catholics who dislike having their private prayers (especially before and after Mass) unnecessarily disrupted by others, willing to advertise this proposal as widely as possible.

* Bishops willing to encourage their priests to take up this idea.

Even small children could be taught what a notice like this says. This instruction could accompany their being shown how to bless themselves as they enter and leave the church and to genuflect reverently to Our Blessed Lord in the tabernacle - reinforcing that this does not mean a casual curtsy or bob but, for those who can, the right knee to touch the ground as one acknowledges the real presence of Our Lord in the tabernacle.

Finally, all teachers, parents and other adults would need to set an example.


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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 4 (May 2004), p. 15

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