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Genealogy

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 Contents - Dec 2008AD2000 December 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Another Christmas and New Year edition - Michael Gilchrist
Novus Ordo: Vatican approves new Missal translation - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Pub life: Young adult Catholic ministry: ingredients for success - Br Barry Coldrey
Bishops' Synod on Bible concludes: Pope working on Apostolic Exhortation - AD2000 Report
The decline of British Catholicism: the future? - John Haldane
Missions: Samoa's Don Bosco School gives students a 'second chance' - Br Michael Lynch SDB
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: Which Church did Jesus establish with his authority? - Frank Mobbs
'Catholic literature': what does this mean? - David Birch
Letters: Strange 'bedfellows' - J. Loring
Letters: Pro-Life - Chris Hilder
Letters: Evolution conference - Grahame Fallon
Letters: The Leonine Prayers - Kevin McManus
Books: The Life of Saint Joseph, by Maria Cecilia Baij, OSB - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: Down in Adoration Falling, by Gareth Grainger - Br Christian Moe, FSC
Poetry: Genealogy - Bruce Dawe
Books: The Scope of Philosophy, by John Young - John Whitty (reviewer)
Schools: Blessed Mary MacKillop Colleges: 2009 enrolments (Jindera, Wagga Wagga)
Books: Books available now from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI's Christmas homily: how God became a child for us - Pope Benedict XVI

Before that Birth were earlier births
That each, in turn, led on
To that for which the world was meant
To bow in unison...

For, as in every family,
The past is present still,
And looks on family happenings
Hoping they will fulfil
Every father's expectation
To know that among his heirs,
He may be entertaining
An angel unawares.

So, too, with God the hope was born
That in Jesus' birth we'd see
The ultimate pledge of parenthood:
One holy family
Which would in time reach out beyond
The Bethlehem of His birth
Until its genealogy
Circumscribed the earth...

Bruce Dawe

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 11 (December 2008 - January 2009), p. 16

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