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The Mass (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2005AD2000 August 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: opportunity for bishops to take control - Michael Gilchrsit
What the Church can teach the secular world - Archbishp Barry Hickey
News: The Church Around the World
Campus Life: Cardinal Pell's program for a Catholic culture at Sydney's universities - Stephen Lawrence
International poll underlines growing secularist challenge - Michael Gilchrist
Media: Our Lord's name: responding to media blasphemy - Andre Van Der Linden
Feminist translation: Inclusive language and the Trinity: the latest from Brisbane - Michael Apthorp
Benedict XVI's pontificate: the possibilities - Damian Thompson
London's Balham parish, 'an icon of liturgical hope' - Joanna Bogle
John Paul II: a Jewish appreciation
Anglican update: an orthodox fight-back - Fr Christopher Seton
Letters: Dissenter's manifesto (letter) - Imelda Aslett
Letters: Origins of the Bible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Lay-led liturgies (letters) - M.T. Kennedy
Letters: An Islamic Holland? (letter) - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Sacrifice (letter) - M.A. Ross
Letters: Abortion breast cancer link (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: Real Presence (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Small Catechisms available (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Stem cells (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Government review of RE in State Schools (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Brisbane Archbishop bans weekday Latin Mass (letter) - Tom King
Letters: The Mass (letter)
Letters: Appreciation from Nepal (letter)
Poetry: A Heavenly Surprise
Books: More Catholic Than the Pope, by Patrick Madrid and Pete Vere - Fr Glen Tattersal FSSP (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: How we will overcome the shortage of priests - Fr John O'Neill PP

Why go to Mass?

Father Ian Travers-Ball SJ (Brother Andrew) wrote:

"Several key aspects make up the Mass - with the most vital of these often neglected today. Namely that the Mass is a sacrifice. This sacrifice is the offering of a gift by the creature to its Creator, in recognition that he or she has received life as a totally free gift from God, on whom one is totally dependent for every breath."

In this year of the Eucharist, we could echo the words of Augustine Birrell, one time Chief Secretary for Ireland, who was asked why the faith of the Irish was so loyal and warm at that time, in spite of dungeon, fire and sword.

Having closely observed the lives of the Irish people, he replied: "It is the Mass that matters, that makes the difference, so hard to define, so subtle is it, yet so perceptible between a Catholic country and a Protestant one, between Dublin and Edinburgh."

BETTY GRIFFIN
Ashburton, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 7 (August 2005), p. 18

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