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Practice of faith

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 Contents - Apr 2005AD2000 April 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pope's suffering a potent Easter witness - Michael Gilchrist
Australia prepares for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
'Flying bishops' consecrated for orthodox Anglicans - Fr Nigel Zimmerman
Exploding myths about the 'pre-Vatican II' Church - John Young
Vocations: Why some new religious orders are attracting recruits - Fr John Hogan
Events: Carnivale Christi returning to Sydney with an Easter theme - Liz Arblaster and Anthony McCarthy
Cardinal Ratzinger: Liturgy should be God-centred - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Letters: Dissent - Fr John Speekman
Scripture: So, what else did Jesus say? - Gavan O'Farrell
Adore 05: Sydney's successful Eucharistic Youth Congress - Nicole Osmak
Letters: ACU - Sabina Sannen
Letters: Chavagnes International College - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Teaching the faith - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Stations of the Cross - D.T.S. Moorhouse
Letters: Religious habit - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Practice of faith - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Confession - J.G. Wilson
Letters: Talking in Church - Judith McRae
Letters: Christ the Creator - Gerard J. Keane
Letters: Good news - Geoff Storey
Letters: Pregnancy Assistance - Brian A. Peachey
Books: The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church - Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Love Alone Is Credible, by Hans urs von Balthasar - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Mass Without a Congregation: A Sign of Unity or Division? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Poetry: A Centurion Reflects - Bruce Dawe
Books: Religious resources for 2005
Reflection: Pope John Paul II: 'In the risen Christ all creation rises to new life' - Pope John Paul II
Marian Valley Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra

Recently I read the book Be Not Afraid by Cardinal George Pell.

One chapter, called "School Days", is an address (1993) to the students of his old school, St Patrick's College, Ballarat. The Cardinal concludes his homily to the students with a very sound check-list regarding the practice of their faith.

I feel that all AD2000 readers could benefit from applying this check-list to their own lives:

* Do you pray when you are in trouble, whether the trouble be from family, or romances, or exams or sport? How regularly do you thank God for the good things you have?

* Do you believe in the power of God's forgiveness; that He can and will wipe the slate clean of your secret shame and guilt, provided you are genuinely sorry? Do you ever go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

* Do you believe some activities are right and some are plain wrong? Or is the grey of uncertainty the only moral colour?

* Have you a genuine concern for the underdog?

* Do you admire the Christian ideal of life-long marriage? How close have you drifted to the values and practice of our condom culture with easy access to soft and hard porn videos?

* Are the students who regularly practise their religion prepared to defend this and explain their faith, or are they cowed into silence in student discussions?

* Are there still conversations in each graduating year about which year members might become priests or brothers?

* In other words, do you want to see the light?

Nudgee College

Brisbane, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 15

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