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A Family Retreat, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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 Contents - Nov 2006AD2000 November 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: EWTN and the secular media: fighting fire with fire
Education: The Spirit of Generation Y: the challenge for Catholic schools - Cardinal George Pell
Living the Faith: What distinguishes a practising Catholic? - Bishop Luc Matthys
News: The Church Around the World
England: British Catholicism's dark night of the soul
Books: Is the Catholic Church in Australia 'lost'? - Michael Gilchrist
Brisbane Archdiocese: inclusive language in the liturgy continues - Michael Apthorp
Liturgy: US bishop sets out clear guidelines on celebrations of the Mass - AD2000 REPORT
Television: EWTN: now affordable and accessible in Australia - Moira Kirkwood
Letters: Missal translation - Pat Hurley
Letters: Translation hang-up - Fran Swindale
Letters: Accuracy needed - Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Faith and reason - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Narrow - Norm Yodgee
Letters: Infallible teaching - Don Ford
Letters: Education needed - Judy O'Reilly
Letters: Early baptism - John Schmid
Letters: Declining practice - Gerard J. Keane
Letters: Chavagnes College scholarship applications - Ferdi McDermott
Letters: Conversion by violence - Gregory F.J. O'Regan
Letters: Generation 'Y' - Kevin Cains
Letters: Common sense and married clergy - Errol Duke
Letters: Poem's author - Valerie J.Staunton
Letters: Anonymity - Michael Apthorp
Letters: EWTN by broadband - Bren Scheiner
Poetry: Sometimes Gladness: Collected Poems 1954 to 2005, by Bruce Dawe - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: St John Bosco, St Dominic and the Rosary, St Thérèe of Lisieux - Siobhan B. Reeves (reviewer)
DVD: A Family Retreat, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen - Daniel Tobin (reviewer)
Events: The teachings of the Catholic Church: an exploration
Events: Second Annual Victorian Catholic Students Association Conference 25-26 Nov 2006
Books: Order books from
Reflection: Catholic schools must proclaim the total love of Christ - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
(DVD, Keep the Faith Inc, 2004, twelve talks, six hours, $29.95.
Available from Freedom Publishing)

Archbishop Fulton J Sheen was of the opinion that if 20th century man had one underlining fault, it was a lack of docility - the ability to be easily taught.

The 12 talks that he gives on this one DVD are a splendid example of his efforts to teach the truthful realities of life to an audience comprising children, adolescents, parents, teachers, priests and religious, displaying all of the unique gifts and knowledge gained from his many experiences as a teacher and priest.

His use of humour to capture attention at the beginning of each talk and then again to reenergise his audience whenever he feels they are flagging is a lesson for all public speakers. I know of many who have watched these talks (previously produced on video film) and memorised the jokes he uses and delight in recalling them.

The topics he covers, such as ‘Three Kinds of Love’, ‘Choice’, ‘Wasting Your Life’, ‘Youth and Sex’ and ‘Old Pots’, are full of helpful suggestions for making life more meaningful and useful. The other subjects he speaks about would have a stronger appeal to a Catholic audience and include ‘The Meaning of the Mass’, ‘The Woman I Love’, ‘Kenosis’, ‘Confession’, ‘The Devil’ and ‘Our Cross’.

The average duration of each talk is 25-30 minutes, for Archbishop Sheen realised this is about the maximum time an audience of this type can concentrate sufficiently well to absorb and retain the salient points he is making.

The production of this DVD is all in colour and the picture quality is a vast improvement on the video format.

Six hours of talks on this modestly priced DVD is marvellous value and makes for essential family viewing.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 10 (November 2006), p. 17

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