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Christ the Creator

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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

Jim Brown made an excellent observation in his letter (February AD2000). Seldom do we hear Catholic priests preach in depth about the Creator. No doubt all three divine Persons were involved in Creation, but few Catholics seem to understand that the work of Creation was carried out by the Second Person and it should not be attributed entirely to God the Father.

In modern times, it seems to be assumed that the Second Person is the Word made flesh, our gracious Redeemer, and our merciful Judge when we die. It is almost forgotten that he also carried out the work of Creation.

Consider these points:

* The Novus Ordo Mass professes that, "We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were made".

* The Creed of the Latin Rite Mass professes that, "I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, one in essence with the Father, and through whom all things were made".

* In the Last Gospel of the same Latin Rite Mass, we proclaim from Scripture that, "At the beginning of time the Word already was; and God had the Word abiding with him, and the Word was God. He abode, at the beginning of time, with God. It was through him that all things came into being, and without him came nothing that has come to be. He, through whom the world was made, was in the world, and the world treated him as a stranger" (John 1.1-14).

* The Litany of the Blessed Virgin contains the invocation: "Mother of our Creator, pray for us!"

If priests would preach in depth about Christ the Creator, this would help greatly to bring about genuine restoration within Catholicism. The false belief that the Bible contains errors looks quite ridiculous when one believes the Word made flesh is also our marvellous Creator and our gracious Redeemer.

God is the principal author of Scripture and thus the Bible must be totally inerrant. The whole point of Original Sin and the reason for the Redemption have been lost in modern times; the erosion of belief can be effectively countered by teaching anew about Christ the Creator who loves each of us dearly.

GERARD J. KEANE
Lower Templestowe, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 16

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