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 Contents - Aug 2007AD2000 August 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Census 2006: 'No religion' up, Christians down
Lex orandi: Benedict XVI's liturgical armistice: 'Summorum Pontificum' - Fr Glen Tattersall
Events: LATIN MASS CELEBRATIONS - Melbourne and Sydney
University: Australian Catholic students' conference: 'an inspiring experience' - Br Barry Coldrey
News: The Church Around the World
World Congress of Families: grass roots ecumenism at work - Babette Francis
Society: Defending faith and reason in public life - Eamonn Keane
Catholics and the pornography epidemic - Bishop Robert Finn
Why Catholic parents choose home-schooling - Leslie Sammut
Obituary: Death of distinguished Australian philosopher John Ziegler - John Young
Catholic students' joyful encounter with the Church's sacred music treasury - Gabrielle Walsh
Letters: Vatican II infallible? - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Stem cell 'debate' - Chris Hilder
Letters: Breath of hope - Terry and Rosemary McDonnell
Letters: Catholic politicians - Patricia Halligan
Letters: Truth and courage - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Staunch' Catholics? - Frank Bellet
Letters: Study leave - Eamonn Keane
Poetry: Shrapnel - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Combating AIDS - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Education campaign - Henry Erftemeyer
Letters: Fixing the schools - G. Brian Bibby
Books: Jesus of Nazareth: Baptism to Transfiguration, by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: The World's First Love, by Fulton J. Sheen - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: AD2000 Books
Reflection: The Assumption: how the Christian arts honour the Virgin Mary

Wherever you look there's Bethlehem and Golgotha;
Crowds deafen many Jerusalems with their cries;
Mary the Mother of God and Mary of Magdala
Are passing along the street before our eyes.

In upper rooms the latest disciples are meeting,
Breaking together both leavened and unleavened bread;
The prodigal son, the rich man (Dives) and Lazarus
Pose questions of mercy and justice for us, instead.

Barabbas is getting the nod, big-talking Peters
Are eating their words on this evening's bulletin;
Samaritans daily surprise us, driven by compassion,
Attend the wounded, pay for them at the inn.

Judas is alive and well and doing business
On many a committee still in many a land,
While Doubting Thomases everywhere must verify
The wound in the side by thrusting in a hand.

* * *

The shrapnel of the Christian gospels is now embedded
In the very flesh of metaphor, there to stay,
Where all o' the surgeons of scepticism can't remove it,
Though they ply assiduous scalpels night and day.

Bruce Dawe

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 7 (August 2007), p. 15

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