CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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A truly charismatic day

HONG KONG (SE): It was a red-letter day for charismatic groups in Hong Kong, when, Michelle Moran, responded to an invitation from the Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee to present two one-day seminars on February 20 and 21.

The first was held at Rosary parish in Tsim Sha Tsui and the second at Caritas Community Hall, Caine Road. Beginning with input for group leaders she then held an open session.

Moran discussed the signs of fruitful charismatic renewal. She spoke of spreading the grace of the baptism of Holy Spirit and reminded those present to remember how they surrendered and reflected on moving from the old man (self) to the new man.

She described baptism as being the beginning of the transfiguration of our lives.

Moran went further to quote Pope Francis from a talk he gave at Pentecost in 2013 on newness, harmony and mission. She said that we need to be ready for God to move in new ways.

She added that the pope reminded us that the “newness always makes us a bit fearful, because we feel more secure if we have everything under control. We need to always surrender and turn away from the fear that seeks to hold us in captivity.”

She recalled that Pope Francis also shared about harmony, which highlights the diversity of the charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

She cited the pope as comparing the charismatic community as a whole to a great orchestra, where every instrument is different from the other and the voices are also different, but all necessary to produce the harmony of the music.

She also encouraged those present to be on mission, saying that the grace of baptism should naturally lead us into missionary discipleship.

After the talk, Moran led the congregation in a praise and worship session, invoking the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Married to Peter Moran, the English couple are founding members of the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism. Moran originally trained as a teacher and taught for five years before going into full time ministry in the Sion Community.

In 1998 she completed a master’s degree in pastoral theology at the Cambridge Theological Federation. Presently, she is the president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services. In 2007 she was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a member of the Pontifical Council of the Laity.

As president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, Moran occasionally travels to Rome where its headquarters is located and has met with Pope Francis. She shared some encounters she has had with the popular pope.

She said that the pope described the charismatic movement as a samba school and that he was not a fan of the movement up to the end of the 1970s and into the 1980s. Later his impression changed when he saw how the movement served the Church and its renewal well.


“He saw the fruit of the charismatic renewal,” she concluded.

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