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A  Friend Within

         Listening to Jesus speak through the scriptures

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“A Friend Within” has many authors. It is the product of the suggestions, responses and encouragement of numerous religious sisters and young people. They have recorded for you what is in their hearts.

These thoughts were compiled by Father A. Mclean who is a retired Catholic priest from the Diocese of Dunedin in New Zealand. He is now living in Christchurch, New Zealand and doing supply work for that diocese. Throughout his priestly life he has been involved in writing biblical programs in New Zealand and in America.

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