CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 10 November 2018

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Gifts are for others not ourselves

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Service Charismatic Committee held its annual Advent celebration at the Caritas Hall in Caine Road on November 29.

The afternoon event ran under the theme, Fan into Flame the Gifts of God, in preparation for the golden anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal being organised by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in 2017.

Jing Mendoza, of the Loved Flock Charismatic Community, who jetted in from The Philippines, engaged the gathering in a praise and worship session before the guest speaker for the day, Father Johnson Dhos, from the Society of the Divine Word, spoke on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Father Dhos shared that at the age of 14 he received the gift of tongues, but did not know how to use it. When he wanted to enter the seminary his health was not good and at the same time he also failed the entrance examination.

But during that time he was able to attend charismatic prayer meetings, pray and glorify the Lord in tongues.

When he came to Hong Kong he was invited by a charismatic renewal group to pray over people and was again surprised at his gift of tongues. 

“Sometimes our fire can dry out,” he said. “You will not recognise God’s stirring gift in you unless you try to use it. It is important that there are people to stir us up, shake us up and give us a reminder of what is inside of us.”

He pointed out that in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we have to know about the Holy Spirit. Submission is also important as we have to allow Jesus to rule our lives. We are called to confess our sins and renounce them, as God promised to forgive us our sins.

He emphasised that after the first two steps of understanding and yielding, we have to act in our lives as people filled with the power of Spirit. He said that we should lead a life of realisation that the Holy Spirit empowers us.

Father Dhos said gifts are not for self, but for the Church. All Christians are called by God to minister to the gifts they have received. He stressed that we have to find whatever gifts we receive from the Holy Spirit and use them responsibly for others and not for ourselves.

After a short intermission, Ruel Trinidad, from the Mustard Seed Community, led the congregation in a prayer. He read from the gospel about Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) and invited the gathering to immerse themselves in the scripture story—sight, smell and feel.

The event concluded with a Mass concelebrated by Father Lawrence Lee Len and Father Dhos.

 

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